Students may choose elective subjects for Years 9-10 and for Years 11-12.
Students will select their subjects in Year 8. For more information, please see the links below, which have been updated for Year 9 (2024) and Year 10 (2025).
In Year 10, students select the courses they will study for the next two years. Careful consideration is encouraged to ensure students select the best possible pattern of study for their Stage 6 studies, one which will provide a strong foundation for their future pathway. Students have different interests and needs and are therefore encouraged to consider the variety of pathways available, including preparation to enter the workforce or to continue with tertiary study at university.
At Xavier Catholic College, the subject selection process supports all students to attain their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and most students to attain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Obtaining an ATAR is not mandatory, or necessary for all students depending on their pathway, and it is therefore each student's responsibility to check their eligibility for an ATAR. Changes to ATAR eligibility from 2025 will have implications for subject selections.
In 2023, Xavier Catholic College offered the following Stage 6 courses:
Please note, there is some variation to the courses provided each year and there is no guarantee that all of the courses listed will be available next year. The courses provided for each cohort are determined by the level of student interest and teacher availability.
With so many HSC subjects, students are encouraged to use Subject Compass to assist with subject selection.
Chop and change your profile or subject selection as many times as you like. Each year, NSW HSC students complete around 127,000 different patterns of study!
When you choose your subjects, it's important to understand the rules about completing the HSC and getting an ATAR.
You must satisfactorily complete:
In both years you must include at least:
Students at Xavier Catholic College are required to study a minimum of one unit of Religious Education in Year 11 and Year 12.
Confused about HSC 'subject areas' and 'courses'?: Within an HSC subject area (e.g. mathematics) there may be a number of courses (e.g. Mathematics Standard 2, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2).
If a student studies, for example, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, English Advanced, English Extension 1 and Biology, they will not meet the four subject area requirement because they have only studied three subject areas: Mathematics, English and Biology.
Likewise, if a student studies English Advanced, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History and History Extension, they have only studied three subject areas: English, Mathematics and Modern History.
History Extension does not count as an additional subject area.
Similarly, Science Extension does not count as an additional subject area.
Access a list of HSC courses and their subject areas
To check all the ins and outs of completing the HSC, go to the NESA website.
The ATAR rules are slightly different to the HSC rules. This is to make sure that students who intend to go on to uni are well prepared for the demands of tertiary study.
To be eligible for an ATAR in NSW in 2023 and 2024, you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of HSC courses. These courses must include at least:
To be eligible for an ATAR in NSW from 2025, you must satisfactorily complete at least:
Find out everything you need to know about the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.
English: You must complete at least 2 units of English. You can choose one of the following options:
Mathematics: You can choose one of the following options:
Languages: You can choose a Beginners course or a Continuers course in a particular language, but not both.