Pattern of study for Higher School Certificate Science

ACE 8006

Last Updated: 25 July 2018

Changes to ACE rules and procedures are occurring to reflect the Stronger HSC Standards reforms.

NESA strongly encourages all ACE users to review the Summary of Changes that may impact the below.

Science courses Pattern of study requirement
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Senior Science.

A student may count a maximum of six Preliminary units and six HSC units from these courses in each study pattern.


(See: ACE 8011 Exclusions for HSC Courses for Preliminary Senior Science exclusions)

Senior Science HSC Students must have satisfactorily completed the Preliminary course in Senior Science or Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Earth and Environmental Science.
In the HSC study pattern Senior Science can be studied in combination with Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics.