NESA oversees the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and provides HSC support for students and schools.

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About the HSC

Read more about the numbers and history behind the HSC to understand its significance in NSW.

Learn about the HSC

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Information and resources

Choosing HSC subjects

Students doing the HSC should select courses that align with their abilities, passions and future aspirations. Find out more information on types of HSC courses, HSC course requirements and HSC pathways. 

Student guide

Students doing the HSC can learn more about exam preparation, understand essential exam question keywords, and read more on student wellbeing.

Rules and procedures

There are rules and procedures that every student must follow when it comes to HSC exams and other assessments. Read more on these, approved exam equipment, and how to apply for illness and misadventure.

Exams and marking

NESA carefully regulates the development and marking of HSC exams in NSW to ensure quality and fairness. Find out about these processes and the principles they are based on.

Disability provisions

Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements that help students who couldn't otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room.

HSC minimum standard

All students must reach a minimum standard of functional literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC. Find out what skills are needed to meet the standard, how the tests work, and the resources available.

Results and certificates

Get to know the HSC and other credentials that NESA issues. Find out about how to access results services, replace lost certificates or apply for a statement of equivalence.



HSC facts and figures

Each year NESA takes a snapshot of HSC students' enrolments, participation, provisions and malpractice statistics. Learn about the most recent HSC student cohort, or view cohorts from previous years.


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Get in contact with NESA

You can contact NESA by phone or post

Call: +61 2 9367 8111

NSW Education Standards Authority
PO Box 5300
Sydney NSW 2001

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