The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. It is awarded to students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in New South Wales. You can download HSC Mathematics Ebook Collections for practice at the end of the article.
There are two main types of courses available in the HSC:
- Board Developed Courses
- Board Endorsed Courses.
Board Developed Courses have a syllabus and final exam set by the Board of Studies, and generally may be included in the calculation of the ATAR. Board Endorsed Courses are developed by the school, and may vary from school to school in regards to content and assessment.
There are a great number of possible courses students can study, totalling over 100 (including languages), in a wide range of subject areas. However, most schools offer students a smaller selection from which they must choose.
The only compulsory subject area is English, with one of English Advanced, English Standard, English as a Second Language or English Life Skills required for the award of the HSC. (English Extension 1 and English Extension 2 are also available for English Advanced students). Individual schools may require their students to undertake certain courses, as is the case with Studies of Religion in many religious schools or Agriculture in agricultural schools. However, these are internal school requirements separate from HSC requirements.
- Mathematics General 1
- Mathematics General 2
- Mathematics (Extension 1) (only available to students studying Mathematics)
- Mathematics (Extension 2) (only available to students studying Mathematics and Mathematics (Extension 1))
A student’s final mark in each subject is determined by a combination of in-school assessments conducted throughout the HSC component of a course, and externally administered final exam(s) typically held in October or November of that year. In addition to comprising half of a student’s final assessment result in a subject, external exam results are also used to statistically moderate in-school assessment results between different schools.