Document 6581304



Document 6581304
School Leaving Age
As from 1st January 2010 it has been compulsory,
by NSW law, that all students complete Yr 10 and until
the age of 17…
• Remain at school or be registered for home schooling
• Enrol in a Cert 2 TAFE course or higher
• Undertake approved vocational training eg cadetship
• Employed full time ie 26 hours a week.
• Engage in a combination of work, educations and/or
Some food for thought!!!
• Today’s school leavers can have up to
6 different careers in their working lifetime …
and many more job changes.
• It is predicted that 80% of primary school
students will enter careers that don’t exist yet
involving technology that is not yet invented.
• The commencing age for apprentices is
moving from 15-16 years of age to 17-18
years of age.
Some important terms.
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
Board of Studies: develops the
course content and oversees the
examinations and issuing of the Higher
School Certificate (HSC) or Record of
Student Achievement (RoSA)
Studying for the HSC
• All courses have a unit value
• Most courses are 2 units in value
• 2 units = four hours per week
= 100 marks
• Most courses are studied over two years
o Preliminary Courses – Year 11
o HSC Courses – Year 12
Board Developed Courses
• Have HSC exams (except for Life Skills)
• May contribute to the ATAR (Australian
Tertiary Admission Rank)
• Include some VET courses
• Includes Life Skills courses
Board Endorsed Courses includes
Content Endorsed Courses
No HSC exams – schools assessment used
Count towards the HSC
Cannot contribute to the ATAR
Includes some VET courses
VET Curriculum Frameworks
• Board Developed Courses
• based on National Training Packages
• provide dual accreditation
VET qualifications
HSC unit credit
• access to ATAR pathway
optional exam & assessment requirements
• have a mandatory work placement
70 hours over the 240-hour/2-year course
TAFE Courses
• Mrs Martin (careers advisor) will talk
more about TAFE options a little later.
• Students may elect to do ONE TAFE
course as part of the six subjects they
• Whether a TAFE course runs or not is at
the discretion of TAFE.
Requirements for the HSC
• Preliminary Course
Minimum of 12 units
• HSC Course
Minimum of 10 units
Students must satisfactorily complete the
Preliminary course before they are eligible
to commence the corresponding HSC
Requirements for the HSC
Both the Preliminary and HSC Courses
must include:
• At least 6 units of Board Developed Courses,
including at least 2 units of English (For the
purpose of the HSC, CEC English Studies is
included here.)
• At least 3 courses of 2 units value or greater
• At least 4 subjects (including English)
• At most, 6 units of courses in Science can
count towards HSC eligibility
English Choices
• English Advanced
• Preliminary Extension English
• HSC Extension 1
• HSC Extension 2
• English Standard
• English as a Second Language (ESL)
(strict entry conditions apply)
• English Studies – Content Endorsed
Course (non-ATAR)
Mathematics Choices
• 2 Unit Mathematics
• Preliminary Mathematics Extension 1
• HSC Mathematics Extension 1
• HSC Mathematics Extension 2
• Preliminary General Mathematics
General Maths 2
General Maths 1 (non-ATAR)
Extension Courses
• Preliminary
Extension Courses:
• English Ext 1
• Mathematics Ext 1
Extension Courses:
• English 1 and 2
• Mathematics 1 and 2
• History
• Music
Satisfactory Completion of
a Course
Students must:
• follow the course developed or endorsed by
the Board
• apply themselves with diligence and
sustained effort
• achieve some or all of the course outcomes
• complete work placement for VET courses
• make a genuine attempt at assessment tasks
that total more than 50% of the available
school assessment marks for that course.
The HSC and the ATAR
• is for all students
• reports student
achievement in terms
of a standard
achieved in individual
• presents a profile of
student achievement
across a broad range
of subjects
• is for students wishing
to gain a place at a
• is a rank NOT a mark
• provides information
about how students
perform overall in
relation to other
• provides the
discrimination required
by universities for the
selection process
To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must:
• Complete at least 10 units of Board Developed
courses, including
• 2 units of English (CEC English Studies cannot
count towards an ATAR)
• 3 courses of 2 units or greater
• At least 4 subjects
The ATAR will be based on an aggregate of
scaled marks in 10 units
• The best 2 units of English
• The best 8 units from the remaining subjects – with
only 2 units from Category B subjects to be included.
Calculating the ATAR
Board of Studies
Assessment Marks
Universities Admissions Centre
The scaled mark
for each course is
based on the quality
of the candidates in that
course in that year
2 units of English +
next best 8 units
What are the right reasons
for choosing a subject?
• You enjoy and are interested in the
• You are good at it.
• You might need it for a future career
What are the wrong
reasons for choosing
a subject?
• Your friends are choosing it, although
you have little or no interest in it.
• You think your favourite teacher will be
teaching it [or not teaching it].
• Relying on one person’s advice.
• You think it is essential for a future
Practical Considerations
• Syllabus requirements
• Exam expectations
• Practical/Major work components
• Subject combinations
Who can help me?
• Your parents
• Mrs Martin - the school’s Careers
• Other teachers – particularly Head
• Year Adviser
• Yr 10 Mentor
How to submit your choices
• Subject selections through “Web Choice”
are due by Monday 13th August.
• These will be used to determine the line
structure for the timetable.
• Extension subjects such as Mathematics
and English will be off line.
• You will need your teacher’s
recommendation to do certain subjects,
particularly Extension courses .
How to submit your choices.
1) Go to your student portal and open
your emails.
2) There will be an email from Port
Hacking HS, Mrs Murphy
3) Click on – this
is a direct link to the webpage.
4) Type the “webcode” from this email.
Each webcode is individual and linked
to one student only.
How to submit your choices
1) Select the subjects you wish to do
the drop down menus.
2) 6 subjects* (including TAFE) plus 3 reserves.
3) Submit
4) Print your form.
5) Get your parents to sign the form and hand to
Mrs Heather.
6) Get the form signed by the HT of Maths or
English if you have chosen Advanced
English, 2 Unit Maths or an Extension course.
* or more if you are doing extension courses.
HSC: All My Own Work:
• is a program designed to help HSC students
follow the principles and practices of good
• includes understanding and valuing of ethical
practices when locating and using information as
part of HSC studies.
Students MUST complete and pass HSC: All
My Own Work before they can be entered
for any Preliminary or HSC course.
This will be done with all Yr 10 students at the
end of Term 4.
The RoSA
In February 2012 the Education Minister announced
that a new certificate, called the Record of Student
Achievement (RoSA), will:
Be a record of the full range of student achievements
right up to the day they do their HSC or leave school
Provide an electronic record of achievements that
students can use at any time
Use assessment by teachers in schools, moderated by
the Board of Studies
Offer on-line literacy and numeracy tests, with
particular emphasis on work readiness, that students
will be able to undertake twice a year.
• Provide the capacity to record vocational courses and
students’ vocational experiences as well as citizenship
and leadership achievements.
Mr Piccoli said,
The formal RoSA credential will be awarded to eligible
students who choose to leave school prior to receiving
their HSC, while still allowing students to view and
download a transcript of their achievements when
applying for jobs or further education or training.
The new credential will:
• Provide an ongoing, cumulative record for students
It will record grades for courses students complete
in Year 10 (and in 2013 Year 11)
• Report results of moderated, school-based
• Introduce optional, online literacy and numeracy
testing for 2013 school leavers.
• Provide the opportunity for students to incorporate
extra-curricular achievements.
Who will get a RoSA?
• Students entering Year 10 in 2012 will be eligible for
the new credential when they have completed Stage 5
• Students will need to have completed the mandatory
requirements for Stage 5 (Yr 10) to eligible for a
• It will only be issued to students when they leave
school prior to completing the HSC.
Important Dates
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Yr 10 “Return of Resources” Day
Friday 30 November 2012
“All My Own Work” Exam
Other Important Dates
Monday 3rd December 2012
Yr 10 School Formal
Wednesday 12th December 2012
School Sports Presentation Assembly
Friday 14th December 2012
School Presentation Day
Wednesday 19th December 2012
Last day of year. Student reports issued.
For more information:
NSW Board of Studies
Universities Admission Centre

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