About the HSC


Subjects for Preliminary HSC (Year 11) and HSC (Year 12)

As required by the Education Standards Authority:

Students must satisfactorily complete a Preliminary pattern of study comprising at least 12 units and an HSC pattern of study comprising at least 10 units. Both patterns must include at least:

  • six units from Board Developed Courses
  • two units of a Board Developed Course in English
  • three courses of two unit value or greater (either Board Developed or Board Endorsed)
  • four subjects.

For up-to-date information you may refer to Student Online or Student Guide.

Most Board Developed Courses are 2 units each, with the exception of Extension subjects, which are subjects that build on the content of the 2 unit course and normally account for 1 unit.

 

Mathematics

For example, if Math Extension 1 is taken in the Preliminary HSC year, Advanced Maths must also be taken (as Math Extension 1 is simply an extension of the 2 unit Advanced Maths subject).  Extension subjects are generally offered in the HSC year, except for Mathematics Extension 1 and English Extension 1 which are also offered in the Preliminary HSC year.

Because there are four Mathematics subjects offered in the HSC year, many find it difficult to understand how many units each subject is worth. Below is a clarification on this issue.

In the Preliminary HSC year, the following Mathematics subjects are offered:

  • General Mathematics (2 units)
  • Advanced Mathematics (2 units)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 (1 unit)

In practice, Advanced Mathematics is more difficult and complex than General Mathematics and students who are considering studying mathematics in the Preliminary HSC year will choose between these two. Students who choose to study Advanced Mathematics also have the option of taking up Mathematics Extension 1, which builds on the content of Advanced Mathematics. Should students decide to take up Mathematics Extension 1 in their Preliminary HSC year, this will account for 3 units of the required pattern of study in the Preliminary HSC year. Students will then have to choose at least 9 more units to satisfy the requirement, outlined above.

In the HSC year, the following Mathematics subjects are offered:

  • General Mathematics (2 units)
  • Advanced Mathematics (2 units)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 (1 or 2 units)
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (2 units)

Students who studied General Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics in the Preliminary HSC year may choose to continue to study the same subject in the HSC year or discontinue to study mathematics completely. Students who completed Mathematics Extension 1 in the Preliminary HSC year will have the following options:

  1. discontinue to study mathematics
  2. drop down to Advanced Mathematics (2 units)
  3. continue to study Mathematics Extension 1 (3 units)
  4. take up an additional subject, Mathematics Extension 2, which builds on the content of Mathematics Extension 1 (4 units)

For option 3, students will study Advanced Mathematics (2 units) and Mathematics Extension 1 (1 unit), which will account for 2 subjects and 3 units altogether.

For option 4, students will study Mathematics Extension 1 (2 units) and Mathematics Extension 2 (2 unit), which will account for 3 subjects and 4 units altogether.

Please note: Mathematics Extension 1 has a different weighting (in terms of units) and this depends on whether Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 2 is taken.

For up-to-data information you may refer to Mathematics Stage 6.

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