ACT and NSW Year 12 result and subject equivalents

ACT course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

ACT scaled markNSW HSC BandNSW HSC Band extension course

ACT courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

To be considered comparable to a NSW HSC subject your course must:

  • be accredited as a ‘T’ or ‘H’ course
  • be the minimum of a Major.

The information in this table is applicable for 2023–24 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2025 admissions.

Search for a subject equivalent

ACT subject NSW HSC subject
English subjects
Creative Writing English Studies (Examination)
English (Major) English Advanced
English (Major/Minor)Footnote 1 English Extension 1
English (Major/Major-Double Major)Footnote 1 English Extension 2
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL for academic purposes
English as an Additional Language or Dialect
Literature English Advanced
Mathematics subjects
Mathematical Applications Mathematics Standard 2
Mathematics – Interstate Mathematics Standard 2
Mathematical Methods
Further Mathematics (Major)
Mathematics Advanced
Specialist Mathematics
Specialist Methods (Major)
Mathematics Advanced
Mathematics – International Mathematics Advanced
Specialist Mathematics
Specialist Methods (Major/Minor)Footnote 1
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematical Methods
Further Mathematics (Major/Minor)Footnote 1
Mathematics Extension 1
Further Mathematics (Double Major) Mathematics Extension 2
Specialist Mathematics
Specialist Methods (Double Major)Footnote 1
Mathematics Extension 2
Specialist Mathematics – ANU
Discrete Mathematics – ANU/UC
Mathematics Extension 2
All others subjects (excluding languages other than English)
Accounting Financial Services (Examination)
Accounting (H) Economics
Agriculture Agriculture
Animal Husbandry Agriculture
American History Modern History
Ancient History Ancient History
Art Production Visual Arts
Asian Studies Society and Culture
Australian History Modern History
Australian Studies * No equivalent
Automotive Technology Automotive Examination
Behavioural Science
Human Development in Society
* No equivalent
Biological Science
Biological Studies
Biology – Interstate Biology
Business Management
Business Operations
Business Studies
Business Services Business Studies
Business Studies
Business and Technology
Industry and Enterprise
Business Economics
Business Studies
Ceramics Visual Arts
Chemistry Chemistry
Chemistry (H) Chemistry
Creative Art Visual Arts
Commerce Economics
Computer Aided Design Design and Technology
Computing Studies Information Processes and Technology
Conservation Biology (H)
Biodiversity – ANU
Dance Studies Dance
Design and Graphic Communication
Design Technology & Graphics
Design and Technology
Design and Technology Design and Technology
Design Foundation – UC
Design – Interstate
Industrial Technology
Design and Technology
Design – Interstate
Industrial Technology
Design and Technology
Discovering Engineering – ANU Design and Technology
Drama Drama
Early Childhood Studies Community and Family Studies
Earth Science Earth and Environmental Science
Economics – International
Electrotechnology Engineering
Engineering Studies
Engineering Studies
Environmental Systems
Environmental Science
Earth and Environmental Science
Earth and Environmental Science
Fashion Design
Fashion Design and Textiles
Textiles and Design
Textiles and Design
FBS: Sciences Investigating Science
Food Science and Management
Food Studies
Food Technology
Forestry Agriculture
General Science Investigating Science
Geography Geography
Geology Earth and Environmental Science
Global Relations, Global Politics * No equivalent
Health and Physical Education
Health and Human Development
Health and Wellbeing
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Ancient History
Interdisciplinary History
Modern History
History and Geography
Pre-Modern History
Modern History
Hospitality – Interstate
Hospitality Examination (Food and Beverage)
Hospitality Operations Hospitality Examination (Kitchen Operations and Cookery)
Human Biology Biology
Human Movement
Exercise Studies
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Indigenous Culture and Languages Aboriginal Studies
Indonesian Politics and Culture Society and Culture
Information Technology
IT Networking
Information Processes and Technology
Information Technology – ANU/UC
Software Design and Development
Information Processes and Technology
Interdisciplinary History Modern History
Interdisciplinary Inquiry Society and Culture
Interdisciplinary ScienceInvestigating Science
Languages, Literatures and Cultures (FB) Society and Culture
Legal Studies Legal Studies
Materials and Technology Engineering Studies
Media * No equivalent
Medieval History Modern History
Modern History
Twentieth Century History
Modern History
Holistic Music
Music Studies
Advanced Music – ANU
Music 2
Music University
Advanced Classical Music – ANU
Advanced Jazz Music – ANU
Music 2
Music Performance Music 2
Oceanography * No equivalent
Outdoor Education Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Philosophy * No equivalent
Philosophy – International * No equivalent
Photography Visual Arts
Physical Science
Science for Life
Sciences Vie et La Terre
Investigating Science
Physics – ANU Physics
Physics – Interstate Physics
Physical Education Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Physique – Chimie Investigating Science
Health and Human Development
* No equivalent
Politics * No equivalent
Religious Studies
Christian Life Studies
Studies of Religion II
Social and Community Studies Community and Family Studies
Sociology Society and Culture
Sports Administration
Sport Fitness and Administration
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Sports Science Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Sports Studies
Sports Development
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Systems Anatomy and Physiology Biology
Textiles and Design
Theatre Arts
Film and Theatre Arts Studies
Theory of Knowledge * No equivalent
Tourism and Event Management Tourism, Travel and Events (Examination)
Translating and Interpreting * No equivalent
Understanding People and Behaviour Society and Culture
Visual Arts
Art and Design
Graphic Design
Creative Art
Visual Arts
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Advanced Arabic Arabic Continuers
Bengali * No equivalent
Beginning Chinese Chinese Beginners
Intermediate Chinese Chinese Beginners
Continuing Chinese Chinese Continuers
Continuing Chinese – ANU Chinese Continuers
Advanced ChineseFootnote 1 HSC Chinese Extension
Beginning French French Beginners
Intermediate French French Beginners
Continuing French
French Literature
French Continuers
Advanced FrenchFootnote 1, French FB HSC French Extension
Beginning German German Beginners
Intermediate German German Beginners
Continuing German German Continuers
Advanced GermanFootnote 1 HSC German Extension
Modern Greek Beginners Modern Greek Beginners
Continuing Greek Modern Greek Continuers
Beginning Hindi * No equivalent
Intermediate Hindi * No equivalent
Continuing Hindi Hindi Continuers
Advanced Hindi
Hindi Continuers
Advanced Hungarian
Hungarian Continuers
Beginning Indonesian Indonesian Beginners
Intermediate Indonesian Indonesian Beginners
Performing Indonesian – ANU Indonesian Beginners
Continuing Indonesian
Indonesian Continuers
Advanced IndonesianFootnote 1 HSC Indonesian Extension
Beginning Italian Italian Beginners
Intermediate Italian Italian Beginners
Continuing Italian Italian Continuers
Advanced ItalianFootnote 1 HSC Italian Extension
Beginning Japanese Japanese Beginners
Intermediate Japanese Japanese Beginners
Continuing Japanese Japanese Continuers
Advanced JapaneseFootnote 1 HSC Japanese Extension
Beginning Korean Korean Beginners
Intermediate Korean Korean Beginners
Continuing Korean
Korean – ANU
Korean Continuers
Advanced Korean Korean and Literature
Korean Culture and Language Korean in Context
Beginning Latin
Reading Latin
* No equivalent
Continuing Latin Latin Continuers
Classical Greek Classical Greek (Continuers)
Continuing Polish Polish Continuers
Advanced Polish Polish Continuers
Portuguese Continuers Portuguese Continuers
Russian Russian Continuers
Beginning Spanish Spanish Beginners
Intermediate Spanish Spanish Beginners
Continuing Spanish Spanish Continuers
Advanced SpanishFootnote 1 HSC Spanish Extension
Advanced Tamil
Continuing Tamil
Tamil Continuers

* There is no comparable NSW HSC subject for this ACT subject. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding ACT subjects that have no comparable NSW HSC subject.

1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, ACT students undertaking this ACT course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.Go back to first reference of footnote 1.