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Higher School Certificate entry procedures for Stage 6 Life Skills courses

ACE 7003

Last Updated: 4 December 2017

Entry procedures

Where a school has a student undertaking one or more Life Skills courses in Stage 6, the school must inform the NESA via the submission of Preliminary and HSC entries through Schools Online.

When entering students for Stage 6 Life Skills course(s), principals are certifying that the student is eligible and the decision is the result of a collaborative curriculum planning process.

Schools should not enrol students in Preliminary or HSC Life Skills courses after the school year has commenced unless special circumstances apply and these circumstances have been taken into account in the context of a collaborative planning process.

Exclusions apply to the study of Life Skills courses such that students may not study more than one 240-hour course in the same subject. For example, a student cannot include both English Standard and English Life Skills in the pattern of study for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

Students undertaking one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses will enter for the award of the Higher School Certificate according to the procedures detailed in ACE 9001 Student entry procedures: Preliminary and HSC course entries, ACE 9002 Student entry procedures: confirmations of entry and ACE 9003 Student entry procedures: amendments to entry.

Supplementing courses from additional syllabuses

For students with particular needs, schools may need to draw on some of the Life Skills outcomes and content from additional syllabus(es) to supplement or replace those from the syllabus on which the course is predominantly based. In this situation, the student should be entered for the course from which the outcomes and content are predominantly drawn. The Life Skills outcomes achieved from additional syllabus(es) are reported through the Profile of Student Achievement.