Eligibility requirements for the Higher School Certificate

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Last Updated: 1 June 2018

A change to eligibility requirements for the HSC will apply from 2020.

See ACE 4060 and the NESA website for information about the HSC minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

See ACE 4062 for information about the minimum standard online tests.

To be eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate, students must:

  1. have gained the Record of School Achievement or such other qualifications as the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA) considers satisfactory;
  2. have attended a government school, an accredited non-government school, a school outside New South Wales recognised by NESA or a college of TAFE;
  3. have completed HSC: All My Own Work (or its equivalent);
  4. have satisfactorily completed courses that comprise the pattern of study required by NESA for the award of the Higher School Certificate; and
  5. sit for and make a serious attempt at the requisite Higher School Certificate examinations.

Note: Students undertaking only Stage 6 Life Skills courses are not required to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program or its equivalent.