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HSC Syllabuses

New Stage 6 syllabuses for English, Mathematics Standard and Life Skills, Science and History for implementation from 2018 are now available on the NSW Syllabuses website.
Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 Stage 6 draft school-based assessment components and weightings are now available for consultation.
Draft HSC Examination Specifications for the new Stage 6 courses are now available for consultation

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Stage 6 syllabuses describe the Preliminary and HSC courses to be taught within each subject that may be undertaken as part of the HSC pattern of study. All schools are required to deliver programs of study that comply with the requirements of NESA syllabuses, including coverage of all the essential content of the NESA syllabuses.

Schools have discretion to offer courses beyond the NESA curriculum. If individual schools choose to teach material not approved or endorsed by NESA, it must be made clear to students that this material is additional to and not part of the relevant NESA syllabus and will not be tested in any public examination conducted by NESA.

Students should understand that such material, therefore, would not be considered relevant in any response they write for Higher School Certificate examinations. Such material is not to be set as part of school-based assessment of NESA syllabuses that contributes to the Higher School Certificate assessment.

The teaching of any religious, ideological or philosophical beliefs that are not in conflict with these constraints and are not otherwise contrary to the requirements of the Education Act is a matter for the school and the school community. Contact: KLA Inspector Ph: +61 2 9367 8111

Board Developed Courses

Board Endorsed Courses

VET Board Endorsed Courses

School Developed Board Endorsed Courses – Guidelines for Course Proposals

Guidelines for Course Proposals on the new NESA site.

University Developed Board Endorsed Courses – Guidelines and Application Form

Guidelines for Course Proposals on the new NESA site.

Board Endorsed Alternative Education Program

Organisations seeking to deliver a Board Endorsed Alternative Education Program need to apply for endorsement of the course. Guidelines and further information is available from the Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study page.

Syllabus feedback

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An important part of the our continuous improvement program is feedback from teachers, students and other interested people. To give your view on syllabus and other curriculum matters, complete the Syllabus Feedback Form.

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