Higher School Certificate (HSC)

One of the pathways at the Australian International School

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is offered at the Australian International School in Singapore as one of the pathways for Secondary students in years 11 and 12 other than the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). It is a valuable qualification recognised globally, given to students upon the successful completion of their final two years of high school.

Program Overview

The Purpose of the Higher School Certificate (HSC)

The HSC curriculum offers students the opportunity to pursue a broad range of subjects or specialize in specific areas of interest. It aims to foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills while providing a well-rounded education.

Recognition and International Acceptance of Higher School Certificate (HSC)

The Higher School Certificate is recognized internationally as a high school graduation credential. HSC results are used to calculate an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which plays a crucial role in determining entry to Australian and overseas universities. The HSC’s international acceptance emphasizes its value and relevance in an increasingly globalized world.

Year 11 (Preliminary HSC)

To progress to Year 12 and successfully complete the HSC, students at the Australian International School in Singapore must fulfil specific requirements. This includes satisfactorily completing at least 13 units, including mandatory units in English and Research Studies. Students typically undertake 6 x 2-unit subjects along with Research Studies.

What is Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)?

The ATAR is an important factor for HSC students who aspire to pursue higher education. To be eligible for an ATAR, students must complete at least 10 units of Board Developed curriculum, with only 2 units of a Vocational Course being allowed.

Non-ATAR Options

Students who choose a Non-ATAR pathway have the flexibility to explore alternative options. The HSC Coordinator and Careers Advisor at the Australian International School provide guidance and support to students opting for this pathway, ensuring their unique needs and goals are met.

Non-ATAR Vocational Education at AIS (VET)

The Australian International School in Singapore offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects that play a vital role in preparing students for further education, training, employment, and lifelong learning. These subjects contribute towards the ATAR and provide students with industry-recognized skills and competencies.

Benefits of Studying VET Subjects

Studying VET subjects at the Australian International School in Singapore offers several advantages, including exposure to real-world workplaces, insights into employer expectations, and opportunities for career planning. These subjects develop industry-specific skills, and employability skills, and provide recognition from both industry and NESA.

Higher School Certificate (HSC) Marking Process

The HSC marking process involves a program of assessment tasks set and marked by schools. NESA moderates the assessment marks to ensure fairness and consistency across different schools. The final HSC mark is determined by the moderated school assessment mark and the examination result.

Frequently Asked Questions

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