Year 11 & 12 Subject Selection

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest award you can achieve during your secondary school career in New South Wales. The HSC opens up numerous doors of opportunity for you after your school career.

How to Achieve Your HSC

You will begin studying for the HSC during Year 11, or the preliminary year. You will be required to complete assessment tasks and sit the HSC exams. The results you achieve in your assessments along with your exam results are moderated to arrive at your final HSC mark according to HSC scaling.

How to Choose Your Courses

Of course, you’ll want to achieve the best results you can, so try to choose courses that you will excel at and those you think you will use in the future. Explore the contents of the various courses, find out what their outcomes are and if a major work will be required as part of your examinations. Our online tutors will be able to discuss your strengths and weaknesses along with your course requirements so that you can make the best selection possible.

Chat with a HSC tutor / teacher

When students are first presented with their options, it might be a bit confusing with many different avenues waiting to be explored. However, a lot of the mist can be cleared by just having a simple chat with a HSC tutor. HSC tutors are going to know their subjects inside out and will be able to tell a student what will be covered in the subject and what the different types of assessment are. On top of that, a HSC tutor will know what options are available to students once they finish studying that subject and what careers someone could pursue if they take that course on. If students do have doubts about a subject, they can get some advice from a HSC tutor and make the right subject for their future.

Look at potential careers

The HSC’s provide a gateway for students to identify what career they want to pursue in the future. After all, some subjects are basic requirements that are needed to go on to open up further avenues at college and universities and beyond. For example, anyone looking to pursue a career in medicine will need to choose at least one science subject such as Biology or Chemistry. As a HSC tutor has probably pursued similar options in the past, students can perhaps get guidance from them as they look to make choices which will let them chase their goals. If someone is looking to perhaps go into a corporate environment or even run their own firm, then they can perhaps look to take subjects such as business to get a idea of basic principles which can help run a company in the future.

Work to what’s interesting

Every student is going to have different dreams and aspirations about their future. To make these dreams a reality, it’s always worth choosing the subjects which will help them achieve their goals for the future and get a good place at university. However, there’s more to it than just preparing for any long term goals. A HSC tutor will likely suggest choosing a subject that’s interesting will help improve the student’s willingness to learn and do well in that subject. It will help students stay motivated throughout the entire course and then achieve good results in the final assessments. On top of that, it will help create a positive mindset for students who can use lessons and appointments with their HSC tutor to get the most out of their chosen subject. In the end, this will help each student perform strongly throughout the year and get the most out of their HSC’s.


Do not choose subjects simply because they scale well. Refer to our HSC Scaling for more information to when scaling can actually work for you.

What Do You Need To Do to Achieve HSC?

You will need to complete a minimum of:

  • 12 preliminary units studied in Year 11
  • 10 HSC units studied in Year 12

During both Year 11 and 12 you will need to include at least six units of Board Developed Courses. Two of these must be English; three courses of two units or greater and four subjects.

e-tut offers the following preliminary and HSC courses:

Most courses are worth two units, but some, such as the HSC Extension courses, are only worth one unit. You are required to complete a preliminary course before continuing to the HSC course.

If you would like to achieve ATAR then you will need to study at least 10 units of eligible Board Developed Courses.

Beginning Your Studies

Once you have selected your HSC courses you will start studying the Preliminary year of HSC. You will be required to complete assessment tasks.

Studying for HSC will begin in Term 4, so Year 12 will officially begin in October.

Our tutors will guide you through the HSC process and explain how moderation, marks alignment and HSC scaling work.

When You Will Make Your Subject Selection

You will need to consider your Year 11 & 12 subject selection towards the middle of Year 10. Be sure to research the different university degrees and career paths that interest you so that you know what pre-requisites you will need.

Subjects such as Mathematics, English, Economics and Business will help you to develop essential analytical and problem solving skills suited for many different and lucrative career paths. They’re also ideal for preparing for university studies.

Study Year 11 & 12 with e-tut

Our tutors are masters in their fields when it comes to Year 11 & 12 HSC subjects. We follow the NSW curriculum and will help you to make the best selection for your university and career desires.

Our lessons take place in the safety of a virtual classroom where you can view images, share files and keep in touch with peers and tutors either via text or audio.

We are able to keep track of how much time you spend in the classroom as well as tracking your test and assessment progress so that you are assured the best attention for your subjects.

We like to keep our classes small with group sessions comprising no more than 5 students. We also offer 1-on-1 sessions and throughout your studies with e-tut you are promised individualised attention.

Register with e-tut today for cost-effective, hassle-free online tuition.