PROGRAMS IN 2012
BANKSTOWN COLLEGE OF
There are two separate matriculation
programs at Bankstown College of
• The Higher School Certificate (HSC),
which is issued by the Board of
• The Tertiary Preparation Certificate
(TPC), which is issued by TAFE
Common factors for the HSC and
• Both offer a Year 12 qualification.
• Both can be done on a part-time
or a full-time basis.
• Both can be accumulated over several
• Both will give you an Australian Tertiary
Admissions Rank (ATAR) or equivalent,
to get you to university.
The Higher School Certificate
The HSC can be done in a variety of
• Year 11 and 12 in one year.
• Accumulation of subjects over 2 to 5
years (known as Pathways).
• Limited ATAR: 5 – 9 units.
• HSC study.
• ESL Preliminary program: one year of
intensive language work, in preparation
for either the HSC or TPC.
(a) Year 11 and 12 in one year
• Students do 10 units at Year 12 level
and 12 units at Year 11 level. (10 units
are sufficient, if the student has already
met the Preliminary requirements.)
• Gives the HSC and an ATAR.
• Not available to those who have only
just completed Year 10 at school (unless
they are already 17 years of age).
(b) Accumulation of the HSC
over 2 to 5 years:
Day students usually do three Y12
subjects in their first year and three
in their second.
Those receiving Youth Allowance
must satisfy CentreLink’s study
Gives the HSC and an ATAR.
(c) Limited ATAR
• 5-9 units, done in one year.
• English is compulsory.
• Does not offer an HSC, but does give a limited
ATAR (which will get you into most university
courses). The Limited ATAR is calculated from
at least one of your English units plus your
four best other units.
• The HSC can be completed the following year,
to give a full ATAR.
• You must be 20 on March 1st 2012 in order to
be eligible for a limited ATAR.
(d) HSC Evening program
• Limited subject choice.
• Students may only complete a full HSC
over two or more years (on an
• English not available in 2012.
• Day students may take evening classes.
• A Limited ATAR can be done in one year
(with English done at another college or
(e) ESL Preliminary program
Offers a year of intensive language work, for
those with language difficulties.
Full-time or part-time.
All subjects are language-oriented, and
delivered by ESL teachers.
Limited range of subjects (6 only).
Gives access to the HSC or TPC the
Subjects available in 2010
Standard English Day and evening
Advanced English To commence in
Drama Day only
Maths and computing:
General Maths Day only
2 Unit Maths Day and evening
Extension 1 Maths Day only
Extension 2 Maths
(Year 12 only) Evening only
IP & T Day only
Biology Day only
Physics Evening only
Senior Science Day only
Modern History Day only
PDHPE Day only
Society and Culture Day only
Studies of Religion Day only
Legal Studies Evening only
Ancient History Evening only
Subjects may be done in the evening at other
colleges. Timetables are available from the HSC
Subjects may also be done via correspondence :
- OTEN (TAFE’s correspondence school) offers its
subjects in one and two year mode.
- the Saturday School of Community Languages
offers all its subjects in two year mode.
If you repeat a subject for the HSC, UAC counts
the mark you got in your second attempt when
calculating the ATAR.
Students in TAFE are expected to fit into an adult
learning environment. Poor behaviour will not be
Teachers will be on hand to help you with your
subject choices at the time of enrolment.
If you are under 18 years of age, please bring
proof of age, your School Certificate and school
reports to the interview.
There is an administrative charge of $462. The
charge is $53 if you are receiving a government
The above fee is refundable upon completion of
the HSC, as long as the entire course is done in
- $40 materials charge (non-refundable).
- Textbooks may need to be purchased for some
The Tertiary Preparation Certificate
TPC is a TAFE alternative to the HSC,
especially aimed at mature aged students.
It gives you a Tertiary Entrance Score that
can be used for University entry.
It can be done as a one year full time
course (20 hours per week), or part-time
over 2 or 3 years.
You must be 18 or over to do the course.
Cost: $984 for full-time; $724 for part-
For those receiving a government benefit,
the cost is $53.
All fees are refundable upon completion of
$20 per semester materials charge.
The TPC information sessions are on
Wednesday 25th January at 10 am and 5
pm in E1.10.
The TPC course co-ordinator is Jackie
Evans. Tel: 9780 5583.
Other aspects of the TPC
• More emphasis on skills than the HSC; less
• More project-style assessment; no big end of
• All subjects are one semester only.
• A total of 9 subjects are needed to complete
• The Tertiary Entrance Score is calculated from
three of the higher level subjects.
Further information on the HSC at Bankstown
TAFE can be found by going to the college HSC
Go to Google and type in bankstowntafehsc and
click on the first hyperlink.
Once on the website, go to Year11/12 on the
menu, and click on Enrolment for 2012.
This PowerPoint presentation is on the website,
as well as other useful information.