Higher School Certificate (New South Wales)

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The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school level studies in New South Wales, Australia. It was first introduced in 1967, with the last major revision coming into effect in 2019. It is currently developed and managed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).


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Sweeping changes to HSC and syllabus proposed by government review

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A forrmer NSW education minister argues for a better way to assess HSC candidates competing for a place at university.
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HSC calculator changes will disadvantage NSW students, teachers say

A decision to ban two popular calculators from being used in the HSC will put NSW students at a disadvantage, teachers say.
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Angel's HSC dance remembers a beautiful girl killed by a brutal regime

Angel Cerqueira's HSC dance composition will remember her aunt, who died at the hands of military officers in Brazil.
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