Step 1 - Getting ready for the HSC
You know you're ready for the HSC when you can tick everything on this list.
- Completed Year 10
There are some exceptions, such as students who have moved from interstate or overseas.
- Chosen your HSC courses
There are some rules you need to follow when selecting your HSC courses. For example, everybody must do at least two units of English. Our advice is to choose courses that you are good at, interested in and may use in the future. No school can offer every HSC course to its students, so be prepared to make some possible compromises.
- Completed the HSC: All My Own Work program
The AMOW program helps you understand your rights and responsibilities in the HSC and ethical scholarship issues such as plagiarism and copyright. Your school will organise a time for you to complete it. It prepares you for senior study, where you will do more independent learning and your teachers will expect more of your research.
- Enrolled with the Board of Studies
To check you are enrolled correctly for the HSC, use your Student Number and PIN to log in to My Details. Alert your school immediately if any details are incorrect. You can also enter your email address to make sure you receive important HSC updates from the Board and also help you recover your PIN if you lose or forget it.
- Completed the Preliminary courses for your HSC (Year 11)
Make sure you also read the 2013 Higher School Certificate Rules and Procedures and familiarise yourself with the glossary of HSC terms.
What is the difference between my HSC and my ATAR? How are students with special education needs supported? How can part-time traineeships and apprenticeships fit in with the HSC? Check out the answers and a range of other Frequently Asked Questions.