You and the Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Getting ready to start the HSC or in the middle of it? Thinking about what you want to do after school? Find out more about the HSC and how it works.
What is the HSC?
The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest educational award you can achieve at secondary school in New South Wales, after satisfactorily completing Years 11 and 12. To be eligible, you need to meet HSC course requirements and sit exams with the rest of the state.
The HSC is an internationally recognised credential, giving you a strong foundation for your next step in life, whether it's going to university, starting vocational training or your first job.
How do I get my HSC?
Step 1 - Getting ready for the HSC
Step 2 - HSC school assessments
Step 3 - Sitting the HSC exams
Step 4 - Your HSC results
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions about how your HSC works from beginning to end.
What does the Board of Studies do?
The Board of Studies NSW is responsible for managing the HSC, from setting the exams, creating the exam timetable through to coordinating the marking of every single exam paper.
- Writing the exams
- Creating the exam timetable
- Managing the exams - the people and the papers
- Moderating your assessment marks
- Marking your exams
- Judging and applying the standards
- Producing your HSC results
- Evaluating and reviewing the HSC