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As from 1st January 2010 it has been compulsory, by NSW law, that all students complete Yr 10 and until the age of 17… Remain at school or be registered.

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2 As from 1st January 2010 it has been compulsory, by NSW law, that all students complete Yr 10 and until the age of 17… Remain at school or be registered for home schooling OR Enrol in a Cert 2 TAFE course or higher OR Undertake approved vocational training eg cadetship OR Employed full time ie 26 hours a week. OR Engage in a combination of work, educations and/or training. School Leaving Age

3 Some food for thought!!! Today’s school leavers can have up to 6 different careers in their working lifetime … and many more job changes. It is predicted that 80% of primary school students will enter careers that don’t exist yet involving technology that is not yet invented. The commencing age for apprentices is moving from 15-16 years of age to 17-18 years of age.

4 Some important terms. ATAR: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank BOS Board of Studies: develops the course content and oversees the examinations and issuing of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Record of Student Achievement (RoSA)

5 Studying for the HSC All courses have a unit value Most courses are 2 units in value 2 units = four hours per week = 100 marks Most courses are studied over two years o Preliminary Courses – Year 11 o HSC Courses – Year 12

6 Board Developed Courses Have HSC exams (except for Life Skills) May contribute to the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) Include some VET courses Includes Life Skills courses Board Endorsed Courses includes Content Endorsed Courses No HSC exams – schools assessment used Count towards the HSC Cannot contribute to the ATAR Includes some VET courses

7 VET Curriculum Frameworks are: Board Developed Courses based on National Training Packages provide dual accreditation  VET qualifications  HSC unit credit access to ATAR pathway  optional exam & assessment requirements have a mandatory work placement requirement  70 hours over the 240-hour/2-year course

8 TAFE Courses Mrs Martin (careers advisor) will talk more about TAFE options a little later. Students may elect to do ONE TAFE course as part of the six subjects they choose. Whether a TAFE course runs or not is at the discretion of TAFE.

9 Requirements for the HSC Preliminary Course  Minimum of 12 units HSC Course  Minimum of 10 units  Students must satisfactorily complete the Preliminary course before they are eligible to commence the corresponding HSC course.

10 Requirements for the HSC Both the Preliminary and HSC Courses must include: At least 6 units of Board Developed Courses, including at least 2 units of English (For the purpose of the HSC, CEC English Studies is included here.) At least 3 courses of 2 units value or greater At least 4 subjects (including English) At most, 6 units of courses in Science can count towards HSC eligibility

11 English Choices English Advanced Preliminary Extension English HSC Extension 1 HSC Extension 2 English Standard English as a Second Language (ESL) (strict entry conditions apply) English Studies – Content Endorsed Course (non-ATAR)

12 Mathematics Choices 2 Unit Mathematics Preliminary Mathematics Extension 1 HSC Mathematics Extension 1 HSC Mathematics Extension 2 Preliminary General Mathematics HSC General Maths 2 General Maths 1 (non-ATAR)

13 Extension Courses Preliminary Extension Courses: English Ext 1 Mathematics Ext 1 HSC Extension Courses: English 1 and 2 Mathematics 1 and 2 History Music

14 Satisfactory Completion of a Course Students must: follow the course developed or endorsed by the Board apply themselves with diligence and sustained effort achieve some or all of the course outcomes complete work placement for VET courses make a genuine attempt at assessment tasks that total more than 50% of the available school assessment marks for that course.

15 The HSC and the ATAR HSC is for all students reports student achievement in terms of a standard achieved in individual courses presents a profile of student achievement across a broad range of subjects ATAR is for students wishing to gain a place at a university is a rank NOT a mark provides information about how students perform overall in relation to other students provides the discrimination required by universities for the selection process

16 The ATAR To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must: Complete at least 10 units of Board Developed courses, including 2 units of English (CEC English Studies cannot count towards an ATAR) 3 courses of 2 units or greater At least 4 subjects The ATAR will be based on an aggregate of scaled marks in 10 units The best 2 units of English The best 8 units from the remaining subjects – with only 2 units from Category B subjects to be included.

17 Calculating the ATAR Board of Studies Raw Moderated Exam + Assessment Marks Universities Admissions Centre Scaled 2 units of English + next best 8 units ATAR The scaled mark for each course is based on the quality of the candidates in that course in that year

18 What are the right reasons for choosing a subject? You enjoy and are interested in the subject. You are good at it. You might need it for a future career path.

19 What are the wrong reasons for choosing a subject? Your friends are choosing it, although you have little or no interest in it. You think your favourite teacher will be teaching it [or not teaching it]. Relying on one person’s advice. You think it is essential for a future career.

20 Practical Considerations Syllabus requirements Exam expectations Practical/Major work components Subject combinations

21 Who can help me? Your parents Mrs Martin - the school’s Careers Advisor Other teachers – particularly Head Teachers. Year Adviser Yr 10 Mentor

22 Subject selections through “Web Choice” are due by Monday 13 th August. These will be used to determine the line structure for the timetable. Extension subjects such as Mathematics and English will be off line. You will need your teacher’s recommendation to do certain subjects, particularly Extension courses. How to submit your choices

23 How to submit your choices. 1)Go to your student portal and open your emails. 2)There will be an email from Port Hacking HS, Mrs Murphy 3)Click on – this is a direct link to the webpage. 4)Type the “webcode” from this email. Each webcode is individual and linked to one student only.

24 How to submit your choices 1)Select the subjects you wish to do via the drop down menus. 2)6 subjects* (including TAFE) plus 3 reserves. 3)Submit 4)Print your form. 5)Get your parents to sign the form and hand to Mrs Heather. 6)Get the form signed by the HT of Maths or English if you have chosen Advanced English, 2 Unit Maths or an Extension course. * or more if you are doing extension courses.

25 HSC: All My Own Work: is a program designed to help HSC students follow the principles and practices of good scholarship includes understanding and valuing of ethical practices when locating and using information as part of HSC studies. Students MUST complete and pass HSC: All My Own Work before they can be entered for any Preliminary or HSC course. This will be done with all Yr 10 students at the end of Term 4.

26 The RoSA In February 2012 the Education Minister announced that a new certificate, called the Record of Student Achievement (RoSA), will: Be a record of the full range of student achievements right up to the day they do their HSC or leave school Provide an electronic record of achievements that students can use at any time Use assessment by teachers in schools, moderated by the Board of Studies Offer on-line literacy and numeracy tests, with particular emphasis on work readiness, that students will be able to undertake twice a year.

27 Provide the capacity to record vocational courses and students’ vocational experiences as well as citizenship and leadership achievements. Mr Piccoli said, The formal RoSA credential will be awarded to eligible students who choose to leave school prior to receiving their HSC, while still allowing students to view and download a transcript of their achievements when applying for jobs or further education or training. continued

28 The new credential will: Provide an ongoing, cumulative record for students It will record grades for courses students complete in Year 10 (and in 2013 Year 11) Report results of moderated, school-based assessment Introduce optional, online literacy and numeracy testing for 2013 school leavers. Provide the opportunity for students to incorporate extra-curricular achievements.

29 Who will get a RoSA? Students entering Year 10 in 2012 will be eligible for the new credential when they have completed Stage 5 Students will need to have completed the mandatory requirements for Stage 5 (Yr 10) to eligible for a RoSA. It will only be issued to students when they leave school prior to completing the HSC.

30 Important Dates Wednesday 28 November 2012 Yr 10 “Return of Resources” Day Friday 30 November 2012 “All My Own Work” Exam

31 Other Important Dates Monday 3 rd December 2012 Yr 10 School Formal Wednesday 12 th December 2012 School Sports Presentation Assembly Friday 14 th December 2012 School Presentation Day Wednesday 19 th December 2012 Last day of year. Student reports issued.

32 For more information: NSW Board of Studies WEBSITE Universities Admission Centre

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