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Stage 6 Life Skills Courses

The Government's White Paper for the Higher School Certificate, Securing Their Future, included a commitment to extend the curriculum and reporting arrangements that were established for the School Certificate to HSC students with special education needs. This was in recognition of the principle that the post-compulsory years of schooling should cater for all students who choose to participate.

To meet this commitment, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW has developed Life Skills courses for Stage 6 in each broad area of learning. These courses have Board Developed status and can be used along with other Board Developed courses to meet requirements for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

Each Life Skills course comprises a 2–Unit Preliminary course and a 2–Unit HSC course. There will not be an external examination for Life Skills courses.


Syllabus documentation


Creative Arts Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Published 30 June 2009

Including:

  • Dance Life Skills
  • Drama Life Skills
  • Music Life Skills
  • Visual Arts Life Skills
Community and Family Studies Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Published October 2013

Official Notice - New Stage 6 Community and Family Studies Life Skills Syllabus

English Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Updated 10 August 2007
Human Society and Its Environment Life Skills (HSIE) Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
To be implemented for Year 11 students in 2012
Published 7 December 2010

Including:

  • Aboriginal Studies Life Skills
  • Business and Economics Life Skills
  • Citizenship and Legal Studies Life Skills
  • Geography Life Skills
  • History Life Skills
  • Society and Culture Life Skills
  • Studies of Religion I Life Skills (available from 2014)
  • Studies of Religion II Life Skills

Official Notice – New course option for Stage 6 Studies of Religion Life Skills

Official Notice – New Stage 6 Human Society and Its Environment Life Skills Syllabus

Mathematics Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Updated 10 August 2007
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Life Skills (PDHPE) Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Published 10 August 2007
Updated July 2012
Science Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Updated 10 August 2007
Technology Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Updated 1 March 2010

Including:

  • Agriculture Life Skills
  • Design and Technology Life Skills
  • Food Technology Life Skills
  • Industrial Technology Life Skills
  • Information Processes and Technology Life Skills
  • Textiles and Design Life Skills
Work and the Community Life Skills Syllabus (PDF)
Also available in Word format
Updated 10 August 2007

The draft revised Stage 6 Work and the Community Life Skills Syllabus is available for consultation from 20 April to 31 May 2015. More information is available here.


Support documentation

Stage 6 Life Skills Courses - The Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement
Read about the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement and download the Life Skills Outcomes Worksheet for individual courses here.
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