How your HSC works
- Image: Tram Thien Huong Nguyen, Cabramatta High School, (detail) ARTEXPRESS, HSC 2007
Step 2 – We’re ready for you
That eight-digit Student Number we gave you back in Year 10 really gets a workout now that you’re in Year 12. We certainly don’t think of you as a number, but like banks and the motor registry we need a numbering system so we can be sure your personal records are never confused with anyone else.
In Year 12 in 2010 there are 510 Smiths and 459 Nguyens! However, they all have a different Student Number and so cannot be confused on our system.
From your Year 10 records we already have a Student Number linked to your personal information such as address, date of birth and emergency telephone numbers. Once you begin Year 12 and confirm your HSC enrolment, we start building the very important file that ultimately contains your school assessments, exam marks and final HSC result.
The creation of the HSC exam timetable is a major job that happens in Term 1, after your school sends through your confirmed list of HSC courses. With more than 67,000 students and 110 courses, there are thousands of possible course combinations and we try very hard to avoid clashes. Some HSC timetable basics are to avoid placing large courses like English and Mathematics back to back; and to spread the sciences and languages through the four-week period.
Your Student Number also means we can build a special Students Online account, just for you.
- The Board of Studies NSW Statistics Archive holds information for every year since 1991 about such matters as the numbers of males and females attempting different subjects, as well as lists of All Rounders and Distinguished Achievers.