Satisfactory completion of an HSC course
Last Updated: 3 May 2018
Students studying an HSC course must make a genuine attempt to complete the course requirements. It is a matter for the teacher’s professional judgement to determine whether a student has made a genuine attempt to complete the requirements.
For courses where internal assessment marks are submitted, students must make a genuine attempt at assessment tasks that contribute in excess of 50 percent of the available marks. It is emphasised that completion of assessment tasks worth exactly 50 percent is not sufficient; tasks worth in excess of 50 percent must be attempted. Furthermore, the student must fulfil the course completion criteria.
A course will not be listed on the Record of Achievement unless both of these conditions are met.
In the case of competency-based courses, where a student has not successfully completed any units of competency, it is a matter for the teacher’s professional judgement to determine whether the attempts made by the student to complete the course are genuine.
Where students are studying an HSC course that includes a requisite examination, students must sit for and make a genuine attempt at the examination.
If it is determined that a student has not made a genuine attempt to complete the course requirements, the principal must indicate on the appropriate documentation that the course has not been satisfactorily completed.
Students studying VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses must complete the mandatory work placement hours in order to be deemed satisfactory.
Until a student presenting for a Higher School Certificate has satisfactorily completed courses totalling at least 12 units of Preliminary courses and 10 units of HSC courses that satisfy the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA's) pattern of study requirements, the student will not be eligible to receive the award of a Higher School Certificate.