Information for Year 10 students

In Year 10 you will select the courses that you will study for the next two years. This is an exciting time with many choices available. The following guidelines will help you make the best possible decisions.

1 Identify your end goal

Imagine what you would like to do after you finish school. Would you like to work or study? If you plan to study at university, you need to select ATAR courses in Years 11 and 12. Even if you’re not sure whether tertiary study is for you, selecting ATAR courses will allow you to change your mind down the track.

2 Consider your abilities and interests

Choosing courses you enjoy and perform well in will give you the best chance of achieving a high ATAR and gaining access to university. Avoid choosing a course simply because it scales well. If you don’t get good marks, scaling won’t make much difference.

3 Explore career opportunities

Selecting the degree you need to get the job you want is important. Attend career expos and university open days for information on career choices. Speak to family, friends, teachers and careers advisers. Consider doing work experience in your area of interest so you can better assess whether a certain career path is a good match for you. If you’re not sure about the career path you want to follow, choose subjects that will keep several options open for you.

4 Research study options

The courses you choose in Years 11 and 12 should reflect the degree you want to study at university. UAC’s University Entry Requirements for Year 10 Students lists the prerequisites, recommended studies and/or assumed knowledge necessary for entry to different degrees. You can download the book or buy a hardcopy from our online shop. For tips on how to use the book, download the walk-through presentation. (The updated version for 2018 Year 10 students will be available from May 2018.)

You can also browse our course search and read the course descriptions for the courses that interest you.

Many universities hold Year 10 information evenings where they explain which HSC courses you need to study in order to be prepared for certain university degrees.

Remember, when you’re selecting your HSC courses, it’s more important to consider your end goal, abilities and interests, than to think about how subjects will be scaled.

Download and share our Top 10 Tips for Choosing HSC Courses.


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