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Higher School Certificate students: self-tuition

ACE 8057

Last Updated: 1 April 2019

Eligibility, courses available for study, courses with eligibility requirements, and credentials


Candidates not attending a NSW government school, a school accredited by NESA, an institute of TAFE NSW or a school outside NSW recognised by NESA, may study Higher School Certificate courses by self-tuition. Students who are attending any of the above schools or institutes are not permitted to study any courses by self-tuition.

HSC courses available for study

Only the following HSC courses are available for study by self-tuition: English Standard; English Advanced; English EAL/D; English Extension 1; Mathematics Standard; Mathematics; Mathematics Extension 1; Mathematics Extension 2; Languages (all courses); Ancient History; Business Studies; Economics; Engineering Studies; Geography; Information Processes and Technology; Legal Studies; Modern History; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Software Design and Development; Studies of Religion I; Studies of Religion II.

HSC courses with eligibility requirements

Since English EAL/D and some Languages courses have eligibility requirements, students undertaking these courses by self-tuition must provide a signed statutory declaration, witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, stating that the student meets the eligibility requirements for these courses. (See ACE 8008 Entry requirements for Stage 6 Languages courses where eligibility criteria apply.)


Candidates studying by self-tuition may study an unlimited number of units. They are not eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate or Record of Achievement but are eligible for a Higher School Certificate Result Notice. Their results may be used for the calculation of the ATAR.

Candidates studying by self-tuition do not have to complete HSC assessment tasks, and their Result Notice will record only their examination mark(s).