The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest educational award in secondary education in New South Wales. It is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed Years 11 and 12 at secondary school. To be eligible, students must meet HSC course requirements and sit for the statewide HSC examinations. Read more about how the HSC works on Students Online.
Achieving the HSC is different to getting a driver licence or an ATAR. A student does not receive a simple ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, nor do they get a single rank or mark for all courses. The HSC results are a detailed package showing each student the level of knowledge and skills that they achieved in each course.
Read more about HSC Results in the following sections:
- HSC credentials
- Understanding HSC results
- How results are determined
- How moderation works
- Judging and applying the standards
- HSC results services
- HSC Merit Lists
- Information for employers
Getting HSC results
HSC results are delivered to students by email and SMS in December. Students can also download and print their full credentials from Students Online in December. Hard copies of the testamur (certificate) are sent in the mail in January the following year. Find out how to get HSC results on Students Online.
See HSC and RoSA Key Dates for the date HSC results are released.
The HSC Inquiry Centre hotline will also open on the day results are released, followed shortly after by other HSC results services.
HSC rules and procedures guide
Issued to HSC students, the HSC Rules and Procedures guide outlines the rules and procedures for the Higher School Certificate, available on Students Online.
Assessment, Certification and Examination (ACE) website
The Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website provides current, easily accessible information to principals, teachers, parents and students about the rules and procedures set by the Board of Studies for secondary education in New South Wales.
The ACE website supersedes the ACE Manual (2005) for all information on policies relating to the Higher School Certificate.