Senior years

Students in Year 10 choose the subjects they will study for the Higher School Certificate. There is a lot to consider and support is provided by your school to help all students to make informed decisions about their future.

Self-motivation and self-management is vital for senior students preparing for their HSC. It is important for students to settle into a good study routine early in the year, and learn to set priorities and develop strong time management skills.

Choosing subjects

Schools provide students and parents with varied opportunities to be well informed about the subjects that are available. You will be notified about parent information evenings, guest speakers, access to careers expos, subject tasters as well as a range of written information.

The school's career adviser will guide and support each student's subject choices in line with individual career and transition planning.

The myfuture website provides some sound advice to young people and their parents/carers about choosing school subjects.

Board of Studies curriculum options

The Board of Studies (BOS) provides government and non-government schools in NSW with curriculum for Years K-12. It also awards secondary school credentials, the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate.


Vocational education and training courses at school:
The University Admissions Centre (UAC)

Students choosing their subjects for their senior years of schooling also need to consider their interest in attending a university course after their HSC.

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses at participating institutions (mainly located in NSW and the ACT). UAC also notifies current NSW HSC students of their ATAR (Australian Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is number that shows a student's position relative to other students in the HSC.  A student's entry into an undergraduate course after the HSC is dependent on their ATAR.

Contact your school careers adviser for more information regarding university entry and the ATAR.