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Stage 6 Life Skills Courses - The Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement

The following information may be downloaded and used by teachers to assist in their planning and collection of information. However, schools are required to enter final data regarding student achievement of outcomes via Schools Online.

Official Notice - Stage 6 Life Skills - HSC Profile of Student Achievement

Introduction

The Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement is intended to be a permanent record of all the syllabus outcomes achieved by students undertaking Stage 6 Life Skills courses as part of their HSC pattern of study.

The profile will be issued to students with their HSC credentials.

How the profile is produced

A Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement is issued to each student who satisfactorily completes one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses. The profile lists the syllabus outcomes achieved by the student for each Life Skills course in the student's HSC pattern of study. The school records these outcomes in Schools Online at the time of collection of Higher School Certificate assessment marks.

The profile should provide the most complete picture of the student’s achievement in all Life Skills courses satisfactorily completed at the end of Stage 6. For this reason, schools may record outcomes achieved before Year 12 for courses that are completed in Year 12.

Teachers can collect data to inform this reporting process by downloading the individual Life Skills Outcomes Worksheet(s) for the Life Skills course(s) the student is studying. Personalised versions of the Life Skills outcomes worksheets for each student can also be downloaded from Schools Online. Schools can access these personalised worksheets at any time during the year. For further information regarding accessing the personalised worksheets, refer to Entering data for a Profile of Student Achievement for the HSC.

When Schools Online is open for submission of Life Skills outcomes (refer to the Preliminary and HSC Events Timetable), schools will need to indicate via Schools Online those outcomes that have been achieved by the student, either independently or with support, for each Life Skills course the student has been entered for. The Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement will then be generated by the Board of Studies NSW and provided to the student along with the student’s Higher School Certificate credentials.

For more information on entering data for the Profile in Schools Online, see Entering data for the Profile of Student Achievement.

Life Skills outcomes worksheets

The Life Skills outcomes worksheets have been provided to assist schools in collecting information on the Life Skills outcomes that a student has achieved before recording them in Schools Online.

Individual Life Skills outcomes worksheets for each Stage 6 Life Skills course can be downloaded here. Personalised versions of Life Skills outcomes worksheets for individual students can also be downloaded from Schools Online. Schools can access these personalised worksheets at any time during the year. Refer to Entering data for a Profile of Student Achievement for the HSC for information on accessing the personalised worksheets.

  1. Creative Arts Life Skills Syllabus - 2011 HSC and beyond (Reviewed 2009)
  2. Community and Family Studies Life Skills – 2014 HSC and beyond, Word format
  3. English Life Skills, Word format
  4. Human Society and Its Environment Life Skills Syllabus – 2013 HSC and beyond (Reviewed 2010)
  5. Mathematics Life Skills, Word format
  6. PDHPE Life Skills, Word format
  7. Science Life Skills, Word format
  8. Technology Life Skills Syllabus - 2012 HSC and beyond (Reviewed 2010)
  9. Work and the Community Life Skills, Word format

Individual syllabus outcomes in the Profile of Student Achievement

Only schools can enter outcomes achieved in Schools Online. However, parents, carers, workplace supervisors and other community members may provide valuable evidence concerning the student's ability to generalise their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of contexts.

Where students have achieved outcomes drawn from additional Life Skills courses to supplement courses the student has been entered for, these should also be recorded. Additional Life Skills course outcomes will appear on the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement.

Entering data for the Profile of Student Achievement

The process for entering data for the Profile of Student Achievement is the same for the HSC and Record of School Achievement.

When entering data related to Life Skills outcomes for the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement, schools should:

  • select the outcome(s) achieved from the Life Skills course(s) the student has been entered for
  • select any outcomes achieved from additional Life Skills courses
  • for each outcome achieved, indicate whether the outcome was achieved with support.

Life Skills outcomes in Schools Online are automatically set to Not applicable. Any outcome that has been achieved should then be indicated in the Achieved column next to the outcome.

An outcome should be considered as 'achieved' if there is evidence that a student can demonstrate the achievement of an outcome either:

  • without adjustments OR
  • with the adjustments that enable the student to access course work and/or demonstrate achievement during assessment opportunities on the same basis as their peers. These adjustments will have been determined through the collaborative curriculum planning process.

Examples of such adjustments might include:

  • the positioning of a student in a classroom
  • additional time to communicate
  • use of assistive technology
  • provision of alternate formats, eg large print or Braille
  • provision of a reader or writer.

Some students will be able to demonstrate achievement only if they are provided with additional support. Support is provided when a student requires assistance to demonstrate the achievement of an outcome. When an outcome has been achieved with support, this should be indicated in the Achieved with Support column.

Examples of additional support include:

  • visual and/or verbal prompts to assist the student’s understanding of the outcome
  • physical prompts and/or physical assistance to assist the student to respond to an activity
  • provision of partial responses to assist the student to demonstrate understanding of an outcome.

The teacher may wish to keep a record of the types of support necessary for the student to demonstrate achievement of the outcomes.

Outcomes not achieved, or that have not been addressed in the teaching and learning program, should remain indicated as Not applicable. These outcomes will not appear on the student's Profile of Student Achievement.

For more information about the Higher School Certificate credential for students undertaking Life Skills courses and to view a sample of this, see the HSC Credentials page on the Board’s website.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the limit of outcomes that can be entered for a student undertaking a Life Skills course?
A:There is no limit. Schools should enter all the outcomes the student has achieved in courses studied in Year 12. At least one outcome should be entered as ‘Achieved’ (either independently or with support) for each Life Skills course.
Q: The student has been undertaking Work and the Community Life Skills since Year 11. The student demonstrated the achievement of some of these outcomes in Year 11. Should these be entered on the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement?
A:Yes, outcomes achieved for Year 12 Life Skills courses should be recorded regardless of when they were achieved. The Profile should give the most complete picture of outcomes demonstrated for courses studied for the Higher School Certificate.
Q: Can outcome information be entered into Schools Online during the student's Preliminary year of study?
A:No. At present, outcome information is only collected during the student's HSC year, at the same time as collection of HSC assessment marks. Schools may use the outcome worksheets for each Life Skills course to keep a record of outcomes achieved during the Preliminary year.
Q: The Mathematics Life Skills program for a particular student in Year 12 was supplemented with some outcomes from the Work and the Community Life Skills syllabus for a unit of work on earning money. The student has achieved two outcomes from the Work and the Community Life Skills syllabus. Should these be recorded on the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement, even though the student has not been entered for Work and the Community Life Skills?
A:Yes, the relevant Work and the Community Life Skills outcomes should be selected and will appear under the heading ‘Work and the Community Life Skills’ on the Profile of Student Achievement. However, the course will not appear on the student’s Record of Achievement.
Q: A student is studying a combination of Life Skills courses and other Board Developed and Board Endorsed courses. How is this recorded on the Higher School Certificate Profile of Student Achievement?
A:Only outcomes achieved for the Life Skills courses are recorded on the Profile of Student Achievement. The other courses will be reported, in the usual fashion, on the Record of Achievement.
Q: Can a student be entered for both English Studies and English Life Skills?
A:No, students may not study more than one 240-hour course in the same subject.
Q: Can a student be entered for both Music and Creative Arts Life Skills?
A:Yes. However, when undertaking the Creative Arts Life Skills course, students may not participate in outcomes and content drawn from Module 3: Music within this course.
Q: If a student undertaking one or more Life Skills courses leaves school prior to completing Year 12, will they receive a Profile of Student Achievement?
A:No. If the student has completed their Preliminary study, they will receive a Record of Achievement listing all the courses undertaken. The Profile of Student Achievement is only issued upon satisfactory completion of study for the Higher School Certificate.
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