If you have any questions about your journey towards the HSC, reach out to the careers advisor or your favourite teacher at school to help you and your family, plan your future.

Year 10: Choose a pathway


· What is an ATAR?

· This is a great way to set yourself up for entry into university.

· Remember that although there may be lots of pressure to get a great ATAR score, it’s not the only way to get into university.

· To follow this path, make sure you’ve only selected Board-Developed Courses as subjects

HSC + Vocational Education and Training (VET)

· This pathway allows you to get an HSC while also gaining practical skills for your dream job.

· You can choose subjects that lead to a HSC but get you out of the classroom and into the real world.

· VET courses are either delivered at your school or through TAFE NSW or other training providers. This might mean that you do a few days at school, and a few days at TAFE.

· Taking VET courses as part of your HSC means you will work towards both an HSC qualification, and a nationally recognised VET qualification.

· Studying for a VET qualification at school will help you succeed in further VET studies after school, and help you in getting an apprenticeship and a job after school.


· If you want to finish high school and set yourself up for a bright future, but you’re not sure what your dream job is, the HSC is your best option.

· Find out more about what subjects to choose

HSC + School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT)

· This is a great way to set yourself up for the career you want while you’re completing your HSC.

· SBATS combine paid work, training, and school. You can get credit towards your HSC, and a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) credential while getting paid work experience.

· The Aboriginal Employment Strategy can help you find the perfect job during your SBAT: https://aes.org.au/our-services/traineeship-programs/

· Find out more about SBATs here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/career-and-study-pathways/school-based-apprenticeships-and-traineeships

Life Skills

· If you have a disability, Life Skills may be a great option for Year 11 and 12. Talk to your school for more information.

· Remember you may also be able to access disability provisions to help make the HSC work for you: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/disability-provisions

What subjects can I study?

Select your subjects

What you need to do before starting Year 11

Complete All My Own Work

What is the HSC Minimum Standard?

Year 11 and 12: Prepare to meet the Minimum Standard

Career planning decisions

Career Planning

Where to get help during your HSC journey

Getting help

Left school? We want you back!

You can take up to five years to finish your HSC, starting from the first year you complete an HSC course. This is called ‘accumulation’. What it really means is that taking a break from school doesn’t have to be the end of your HSC journey. Students should talk to the principal or careers advisor in the school to discuss this further.

Moved between school and TAFE, but still want an HSC?

If you’ve completed some HSC subjects or other courses at a different school, or even TAFE, you might be able to count these towards your HSC without having to repeat them. This is called a ‘credit transfer’ or ‘recognition of prior learning.

For example, if you did Year 11 in another State or Territory, or you left school to do a TAFE course before deciding to come back for your HSC, you might be able to show that you’ve met some requirements, and skip right past them onto the other parts of your HSC journey.

Repeating an HSC subject

If you didn’t quite pass an HSC subject, it’s not the end of the world - you can repeat one or more courses within five years, without penalty.

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