HSC Information

HSC study can be particularly daunting. All the rules and requirements as well as the huge range of subjects can scare and confuse you. It doesn't have to be that way. on this page you will find information and links to more information about HSC rules and requirements as well as lots of helpful subject specific material.

HSC Study Requirements:

All courses that are studied as part of the Higher School Certificate are actually divided into two courses - the Preliminary Course and the HSC course. The Preliminary Course in a given subject (eg; Biology) is normally studied in Year 11, while the HSC Course is normally studied in Year 12.
You must satisfactorily complete the Preliminary Course in a subject before being eligible to study the HSC Course. It is on the HSC Course that you will be examined in the Higher School Certificate exams.

The Board of Studies (the organisation which oversees the whole HSC and its awarding to students) specifies that you must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 Units in the Preliminary Course (normally Year 11) and 10 Units in the HSC Course (normally Year 12).

The Board of Studies requires that you must study a range of subjects that fit the following pattern:
You must study:

  1. at least 12 Preliminary and 10 HSC units of study
  2. at least 2 units of English
  3. at least 4 subjects
  4. at least 6 Board Developed units
  5. at least 3 courses of 2 unit value or greater
  6. no more that 6 units of Science can be used to contribute to the HSC

Study Strategies:

Effective study habits and techniques are the key to success in the HSC.
Click here to find out more about how to study effectively.

Exam Techniques: 

While you might be able to study effectively, you also need to know the best ways to approach exams.
Click here to get information on how to develop good exam techniques.

Subject Specific Information:

Click on the subjects below to get specific information and resources for that subject.


Aboriginal Studies Agriculture
Ancient History Arabic
Automotive Biology
Business Services Business Studies
Chemistry Chinese
Construction Community & Family Studies
Dance Design & Technology
Drama Earth & Environmental Science
Economics Engineering Studies
English Entertainment
Food Technology French
Geography German
Hospitality Indonesian
Industrial Technology Information Processes & Technology
Information Technology Italian
Japanese Korean
Legal Studies Mathematics
Metals & Engineering Modern Greek
Modern Hebrew Modern History
Music PDHPE
Physics Primary Industries
Retail Senior Science
Society & Culture Software Design & Development
Spanish Textiles & Design
Tourism and Events Turkish
Vietnamese Visual Arts
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