About ACE

Legislation, BOSTES and Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) online

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) is responsible for school curriculum, assessment, and teaching and regulatory standards in NSW schools.

BOSTES has responsibility for the development of curriculum and curriculum support materials for all schools in New South Wales from Kindergarten to Year 12 and for the development and conduct of examinations leading to the award of the Higher School Certificate and the Record of School Achievement.

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013, the Education Act 1990 (NSW) and the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 the legislative basis of the BOSTES operation.

These Acts also empower BOSTES to make Rules, consistent with the Acts or associated Regulations, which require the approval of the Minister.

The term ‘requirements’ is used in this manual to refer to matters that may be covered by a combination of the Act itself, the Regulations, Rules and other requirements the Minister or BOSTES may impose.

BOSTES is empowered to make such arrangements and set down such procedures as may be necessary to carry out its functions.

Delegation by BOSTES

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013 allows BOSTES to delegate to an authorised person or body the exercise of any of its functions under the education and teaching legislations (defined as the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013, the Education Act 1990 and the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004).

BOSTES has delegated certain functions to its President, committees, members of staff and school principals.

ACE online

Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) provides current, easily accessible information to principals, teachers, parents and students about the rules and procedures set by BOSTES for secondary education in New South Wales.

The Higher School Certificate

The Higher School Certificate is awarded to students who satisfy requirements, generally after completing two years of study (Years 11 and 12), although BOSTES pathways provisions allow students a longer completion period. ACE sets out the rules, requirements and procedures for the Higher School Certificate.

The details of all the examinable topics, and the experiences necessary for completing each Board Developed Course, are contained in the following documents:

  1. Board syllabuses, associated curriculum, and assessment and reporting documentation
  2. prescribed text and specifications documents
  3. Official Notices in the Board Bulletin.

The Record of School Achievement

The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is a cumulative credential showing Year 10 grades as well as any grades for Year 11 (Preliminary) courses completed. 

ACE reflects the recent legislative and policy changes associated with the Record of School Achievement in Stage 5. BOSTES policies in relation to Years 7–10 curriculum are incorporated in the ACE website.

Dates and events

All important dates and events that require action by BOSTES and individual schools in relation to assessment, examination and certification for the Record of School Achievement and the Higher School Certificate are listed in Key dates and events.