HSC courses that can be used in the ATAR calculation

2020 ATAR Advice Notice

2020 NSW ATARs will be released at 9am on Friday 18 December. You'll need your Year 12 student number and UAC PIN to log in.

If you've lost your Year 12 student number, call NESA on 1300 13 83 23. If you've lost your UAC PIN, call UAC on (02) 9752 0200.

When you view your ATAR, download and save your official 2020 ATAR Advice Notice. It's free until 28 February 2021: after that you will need to buy it through the UAC Shop at a cost of $58.

ATAR courses are those developed by NESA for which there are formal examinations that yield graded assessments. These courses contribute to your ATAR and are classified as either Category A or Category B courses. Not all of the many HSC courses will contribute to an ATAR.

Criteria for Category A courses: academic rigour, depth of knowledge, the degree to which the course contributes to assumed knowledge for tertiary studies, and the coherence with other courses included in the ATAR calculations.

Criteria for Category B courses: the level of cognitive and performance demands are not regarded as satisfactory in themselves, though their contribution to a selection index is regarded as adequate if the other courses included in the aggregate are more academically demanding.

Year 10 students

Choosing your HSC subjects for next year? Our online tool can help: try Subject Compass.