BANKSTOWN COLLEGE OF TAFE
HSC Enrolment Information Sheet, 2011
1. The HSC at Bankstown TAFE:
Studying the HSC at TAFE means you must abide by the rules and regulations of both TAFE and the NSW Board
of Studies. It is possible to study the HSC at Bankstown TAFE in several ways:
ESL Preliminary – a one year (36 week) course, for ESL (English as a second language) students, to
prepare them for Year 12 or for the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (a TAFE-accredited equivalent of the
HSC, designed for mature-aged students). The course requires you to attend 4 hours per week for each
subject studied, up to a maximum of 24 hours. It is very language intensive.
DAY HSC – an intensive one year (30 weeks) day course equivalent to both Years 11 and 12 at high
school. Day HSC requires you to attend 6 hours per week for each subject studied (or 4 hours per week
for evening subjects). You can combine this with evening/Saturday/correspondence classes.
EVENING HSC – an intensive one year (30 weeks) evening/Saturday course equivalent to both Years 11
and 12 at high school. Evening HSC requires attending 4 hours per week at night or on Saturday morning
for each subject. You may study a maximum of three subjects per year in this mode.
2. HSC – Credentials/Accumulate/Repeat:
The Higher School Certificate is awarded by the Board to students who have:
gained the School Certificate or equivalent, and
enrolled in at least 12 units worth of Preliminary subjects and 10 units worth of HSC subjects, and
satisfactorily completed the course, and
sat for and made a serious attempt at each HSC examination.
If you wish to enrol in the ESL Preliminary program at Bankstown TAFE, you may study on either a part-time or
full-time basis. Part-time study can involve as few as 4 hours of classes a week (1 subject, 2 units) or as many as
24 hours (6 subjects, 12 units). You do not need to do this course full-time in order to go on to Year 12 or TPC the
following year. You only need to improve your English to the point where you are ready for further study.
If you wish to enrol in the Day HSC course and receive a full HSC, you will need to be enrolled in:
4 other HSC subjects and one extra Preliminary subject, or
Five other HSC subjects.
You may also receive the Certificate II in Information Technology, by enrolling in IT (VET). This can be done
in one or two years.
You may accumulate HSC subjects over a maximum period of five years. The five year (rolling) period will
commence in the first year that you attempt an HSC examination. You will receive a (cumulative) Record of
Achievement (ROA) for each calendar year of study. If you wish, you may choose just one subject per year, when
accumulating your HSC. Accumulating is an increasingly popular method of doing the HSC, and it is highly
recommended for students whose time is limited by other commitments. Please note also that at any time during
the year, you may drop subjects and transfer from full-time to accumulation mode.
You may repeat one or more HSC subjects within the five-year accumulation period. However, if you do so, the
Board of Studies will use your latest attempt for the ATAR, not your best attempt.
You are also awarded a TAFE Result Notice on completion of the Course. You will need this in order to receive
your refund (administration fees are fully refundable, upon completion of the HSC).
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3. Matriculation (ATAR):
Matriculation means qualifying for admission to university.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), formally called the UAI, is usually the basis of admission to
tertiary institutions. Your ATAR will be based on the total of scaled marks in 10 units of Board-developed
the best 2 units of English
the best remaining 8 units of Board-developed Category “A” subjects.
if you are a VET subject, you can have it count towards your ATAR if you sit the final exam.
An ATAR is calculated for all students who attempt 10 or more units which conform to the above requirements.
All subjects offered at Bankstown College of TAFE count towards the ATAR.
Many universities accept a 5 unit Limited ATAR for mature age entry, provided that –
you must be at least 20 years of age on 1 March in the year you sit the HSC,
you must study between five and nine units, and
you must attempt the units at the one sitting (accumulation is not permitted).
The Limited ATAR will be calculated on –
at least one unit of English and
your best 5 units of Category A subjects
If you are applying for a full ATAR and are also eligible for a Limited ATAR (e.g. if you are accumulating your
HSC subjects over two years and sit for between 5 and 9 units in the second year, two of which are English), you
will be given both.
Some universities use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes. Please check
with the University you are hoping to attend for their particular entrance requirements.
Note that you only need an ATAR if you intend going to University. If you don’t want to go to University then
you don’t need to worry about the ATAR rules. You need to get the best HSC for what you are planning.
4. Other useful information:
The Counselling and Careers Service is available to assist with any issues that you may experience during the
year. Counsellors can help you with decisions about courses and subjects at TAFE and university, with study
skills, with personal problems and with CentreLink difficulties.
The Counselling and Careers Service is located on the ground floor in E Block. Call in or phone 9780 5554 to
make an appointment.
The Bankstown TAFE HSC website can be found at http//:bankstowntafehsc.swsi.wikispaces.net/. All information
relating to the HSC at the college can be accessed on this site. You should consult it regularly.
There are a number of compulsory costs involved in studying the HSC at Bankstown TAFE:
A $450 enrolment fee ($225 per semester). This is refundable once you complete the HSC. If you receive
a benefit from the Federal Government you may be entitled to an exemption from this fee, in which case
you will only have to pay $52. You may need to pay the full fee up front, and then claim a refund from
Centrelink if you are entitled. You cannot claim a refund once you have started attending classes.
A $40 materials charge.
You may be required to buy a textbook for some of your subjects ($50 - $60 approximately). Other
reading materials will be available on the college HSC website, and can be accessed cost free.
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6. Adult Learning Environment:
Some things about studying the HSC at TAFE are the same as being at school. For example:
You must attend classes regularly. We do regular attendance checks.
You must make a serious attempt at all assessment tasks.
You sit the same HSC exams in October and November, the same as school students do.
There are trial exams in August.
Until you turn 17, it is illegal to quit the course unless you are moving to another approved area of study
or to a job.
However, there are also differences:
All our day classes are 2 hours long. Day class times range from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is a half-
hour break for lunch.
Our night classes are 4 hours long. Night classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and finish at 9:30 p.m. There is
normally a 20 minute break at around 7:00 pm.
The one-year day HSC and Evening HSC are intensive courses, where you need to complete both the
Preliminary and the Year 12 requirements before the end of October. Failure to complete either means you
will not get your HSC.
To succeed, you need a commitment to punctuality, regular attendance and a study routine.
We also have a number of expectations about you. We expect you to:
Treat other students with respect and fairness at all times.
Do nothing that will interfere with the learning of others.
Be punctual and come to class properly prepared for lessons eg. with paper, pens and texts.
Catch up on work missed due to an absence.
Follow the directions and instructions from your teachers.
Not to attend classes under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in suspension or expulsion from the college.
7. Student Selection:
Priority for enrolment will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate their readiness to undertake their
studies in an adult learning environment.
Students must have the School Certificate or equivalent (e.g. CGVE) before they can do the HSC. Students over
18 who have not done the School Certificate may enrol if they can demonstrate that they have the ability to
successfully complete the course.
Bankstown TAFE has a policy of not accelerating students who have come straight from Year 10 (unless they
were 17 in the year they did the School Certificate). Such students must do the HSC over two years, just as they
would have if they’d remained at school. The difference for these students is that they will do three subjects in
their first year and three in their second, giving them a full HSC at the end of their second year. In other words,
they will sit the HSC in each of their two years.
Please note the following rules with regard to subject choices:
TAFE rules require a minimum number of students to be enrolled in a subject before that class can begin.
There are some subjects that are timetabled at the same time (see next page).
Students may choose either day or evening classes.
You may study fewer than five the subjects, if you wish to do the HSC over several years or if you are doing a
It may also be possible for you to study individual subjects at OTEN (TAFE’s distance education college), the
Sydney Distance Education High School (School Ed’s distance education college) or another TAFE College.
In addition, you may study a language at the Saturday School of Community Languages, but only over two
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years (unless you already have your Year 11 in that language in your country of origin). OTEN subjects can be
done in one year mode.
All subjects are 2 units except for the Maths extension courses, which are 1 unit.
Year 11 (ESL):
Fundamentals of English
Information Processes and Technology (IP&T)
Day HSC classes:
Maths 2 Unit or General
Maths Extension 1
PDHPE or Senior Science or Information Processes and Technology
Biology or Society and Culture
Modern History or Drama
Chemistry or Studies of Religion
Evening HSC classes:
Legal Studies or Physics
Ancient History or Maths 2 Unit or Maths Extension 2
Digital Photography (Preliminary only)
If you have only 10 Preliminary units, then you will have to choose an extra HSC subject (and withdraw once the
Preliminary component is complete) or choose Digital Photography or Fundamentals of English.
Please note that all your subject choices will be explained to you during the interview process. We will not enrol
you in a configuration of subjects that will prevent you from getting an HSC.
If you need further information please contact:
Head Teacher, HSC Program
Phone: 9780 5588
HSC website: http//:bankstowntafehsc.swsi.wikispaces.net/
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