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Standards packages

The Board of Studies reports student achievement in the Higher School Certificate in relation to standards. Students receive marks that relate to performance bands, where each band is described in a statement summarising the knowledge, skills and understanding typically demonstrated by students who have achieved that standard.

Standards packages have been produced by the Board of Studies to illustrate the standards established in Higher School Certificate courses. They include descriptions of the performance bands and how they are set, certain key statistical reports, and samples of responses typically produced by students whose achievements place them on the borderline between two bands. Where possible, there are 'exemplar' student responses, which are examples of responses that were awarded full marks. The examination paper, marking guidelines and the syllabus are also included.

You will find current performance band descriptions for each subject in the HSC syllabuses section of the main Board website.

Scroll to a course below and click on the year required to view a Standards Package.

Higher School Certificate Standards Packages
Course Name Year
Aboriginal Studies 2002 2001
Agriculture 2002 2001
Ancient History 2006 2002 2001
Arabic Continuers 2002 2001
Arabic Extension 2002 2001
Automotive Examination Automotive Examination
Biology Biology
Business Services 2002 2001
Business Studies 2002 2001
Chemistry Chemistry
Chinese Background Speakers 2002 2001
Chinese Beginners 2002 2001
Chinese Continuers 2002 2001
Chinese Extension 2002 2001
Classical Greek Continuers 2002 2001
Classical Greek Extension 2002 2001
Classical Hebrew Continuers 2002 2001
Classical Hebrew Extension 2002 2001
Community & Family Studies 2002 2001
Construction Examination 2002 2001
Dance 2002 2001
Design and Technology 2002 2001
Drama 2001
Drama - Individual Project 2002
Drama - Written Examination and Group Performance 2002
Earth and Environmental Science 2002 2001
Economics 2002 2001
Electrotechnology Examination 2009
Engineering Studies 2003 2002 2001
English Advanced English Advanced
English Extension 1 English Extension 1
English Extension 2 English Extension 2
English Standard English Standard
English as a Second Language English as a Second Language
Entertainment Examination 2005 2004
Food Technology 2002 2001
French Beginners 2009 2002 2001
French Continuers 2002 2001
French Extension 2002 2001
General Mathematics 2002 2001
Geography Geography
German Beginners 2009 2002 2001
German Continuers 2002
German Extension 2002 2001
History Extension 2007 2002 2001
Hospitality Examination 2004
Hospitality Operations Examination 2002 2001
Indonesian Background Speakers 2002 2001
Indonesian Beginners 2002 2001
Indonesian Continuers 2002 2001
Indonesian Extension 2002 2001
Industrial Technology 2002 2001
Information Processes and Technology Information Processes and Technology
Information Technology Examination 2002 2001
Italian Beginners 2009 2002 2001
Italian Continuers 2002 2001
Italian Extension 2002 2001
Japanese Background Speakers 2002 2001
Japanese Beginners 2009 2002 2001
Japanese Continuers 2002 2001
Japanese Extension 2002 2001
Korean Background Speakers 2002 2001
Latin Continuers Latin Continuers
Latin Extension Latin Extension
Legal Studies 2002 2001
Mathematics Mathematics
Mathematics Extension 1 2002 2001
Mathematics Extension 2 2002 2001
Metal and Engineering Examination 2002 2001
Modern Greek Beginners 2002 2001
Modern Greek Continuers 2002 2001
Modern Greek Extension 2002 2001
Modern Hebrew Continuers 2002 2001
Modern History 2006 2002 2001
Music 1 2002 2001
Music 2 2002 2001
Music Extension 2002 2001
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Physics 2002 2001
Primary Industries Examination 2002 2001
Retail Operations Examination 2003 2002 2001
Russian (Extended Level) 2001
Senior Science 2002 2001
Society and Culture Society and Culture
Software Design and Development Software Design and Development
Spanish Beginners 2009 2002 2001
Spanish Continuers 2002 2001
Spanish Extension 2002 2001
Studies of Religion I Studies of Religion I
Studies of Religion II Studies of Religion II
Textiles and Design Textiles and Design
Textiles and Design – Major Textiles Project Textiles and Design – Major Textiles Project
Tourism Examination 2002 2001
Turkish Continuers 2001
Vietnamese Continuers 2002 2001
Visual Arts 2002 2001
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