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Subjects and courses

What categories of subjects/courses are available for study in the Higher School Certificate program?

In NSW a subject is the general name given to an area of study that may have several different courses. For example, within the subject Japanese there are four different courses that can be studied for the Higher School Certificate:

Students normally study Preliminary (usually done in Year 11) and HSC (usually done in Year 12) courses over one or two years. They may accumulate HSC courses over a period of up to five years. Courses generally consist of two units per year. Each unit requires 60 hours indicative school time per year. Extension courses (except in the case of VET) can only be done in combination with a 2-unit course and carry an additional value of one unit.

There are two main types of Preliminary and HSC courses studied:

Courses accredited by the NSW Board of Studies
Board Developed Courses
Duration 1 or 2 years
Accepted for tertiary entrance? Yes
No of units/Length of study time 1 or 2 units @ 60 hours per unit
Assessment methods External exam at the end of the HSC course and moderated internal (school-based) assessment (except for VET and Life Skills Courses)
Developed by Board of Studies
Delivered by Schools, Colleges of TAFE
Board Developed TAFE Delivered VET Course
Duration 1 or 2 years
Accepted for tertiary entrance? Yes
No of units/Length of study time2 units
Assessment methods Assessed by TAFE, results accredited towards both HSC and TAFE studies
Developed byBoard of Studies/TAFE
Delivered by Colleges of TAFE
Board Endorsed Courses – School Developed

Duration

1 or 2 years
Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
No of units/Length of study time 1 or 2 units
Assessment methods Internal (school-based) assessment
Developed by
Individual schools or groups of schools, endorsed by the Board of Studies
Delivered by Schools
Board Endorsed Courses – Content Endorsed (CECs)
Duration 1 or 2 years
Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
No of units/Length of study time 1 or 2 units
Assessment methods Internal (school-based) assessment
Developed by Board of Studies
Delivered by Schools, colleges of TAFE
Board Endorsed Courses – VET
Duration1 or 2 years
Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
No of units/Length of study time Varies

Assessment methods

Assessed by schools (school delivered) or TAFE (TAFE delivered), results accredited to both HSC and TAFE studies

Developed by

School or TAFE, endorsed by the Board of Studies

Delivered by School or TAFE
Board Endorsed Courses – University Developed

Duration

1 year

Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
No of units/Length of study time 1 or 2 units

Assessment methods

Assessed by delivering University, results accredited to HSC study pattern

Developed by

Universities in conjunction with schools and endorsed by the Board of Studies
Delivered by Universities

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