Higher School Certificate (HSC) Eligibility & Recognition

The Higher School Certificate, or HSC, is the credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school level studies (Years 11 and 12 or equivalent) in New South Wales, Australia.

Eligibility for Higher School Certificate HSC

To be eligible for the award of the HSC, a student must have satisfied the requirements in at least twelve preliminary level units, and at least ten HSC level units, with the additional requirements that include:
  • English : at least two units must be completed
  • Board of Studies-developed courses : at least six units must be completed
  • At least three courses are of two units or greater value
  • At least four subjects have been completed.
  • Science: six units must be completed 

HSC Results & Scoring

HSC Scoring Mechanism

A student's final mark in each subject is determined by a combination of in-school assessments conducted throughout the HSC, and externally-administered final exam(s) typically held in October or November of that year. The external exam results that are being administered by the Board of Studies are also used to statistically moderate in-school assessment results between different schools.

Upon successful completion of senior high level studies, students obtain their results sheet that includes the individual subject marks and overall marks.

HSC for International Students

HSC: International Recognition
The NSW HSC is internationally recognized and issued by the Board of Studies, New South Wales. It is accepted by universities in-
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Canada
  • India
  • Local private universities for degree courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Engineering, Architecture, Business Studies, Information Technology and more.
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