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Year 10-UAC 2010

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Year 10-UAC 2010

  1. 1. UAC Year 10 Presentation Choosing HSC courses: facts and myths May 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>HSC and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the uni option </li></ul><ul><li>ATAR facts and myths </li></ul><ul><li>UAC Year 10 booklet </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing your HSC courses <ul><li>It’s important to consider </li></ul><ul><li>What you are good at </li></ul><ul><li>What you are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>What you think you might want to do when you leave school </li></ul>
  4. 4. Post-school options <ul><li>University </li></ul><ul><li>TAFE </li></ul><ul><li>Other higher education providers </li></ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul>
  5. 5. What do you need? <ul><li>A checklist . . . </li></ul><ul><li>… for Uni, TAFE, other providers </li></ul><ul><li>How do I get in? </li></ul><ul><li>What HSC courses will be most useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I transfer from one to the other? </li></ul><ul><li> eg TAFE -> university </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University -> TAFE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work -> TAFE or university </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Going to university <ul><li>There are many pathways but most involve the HSC </li></ul><ul><li>For most courses selection is on the basis of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) </li></ul>
  7. 7. HSC facts <ul><li>To do the HSC you need to complete at least 12 units in Year 11 and at least 10 units in Year 12. </li></ul><ul><li>English is compulsory. </li></ul><ul><li>At least six units must be in courses examined by the Board of Studies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Your HSC marks <ul><li>For your HSC you will receive two marks for each course: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School assessment – based on school tests and essays etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examination mark – based on the HSC examination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These marks indicate the standard you have reached in the course. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Your HSC marks <ul><li>provide information about how well you have achieved in EACH of the courses you have completed; </li></ul><ul><li>are reported against standards; </li></ul><ul><li>are provided by the Board of Studies. </li></ul>
  10. 10. ATAR facts <ul><li>Your ATAR … </li></ul><ul><li>provides information about how well you have performed OVERALL against other students; </li></ul><ul><li>allows you to be compared with other students who have completed different combinations of courses; </li></ul><ul><li>is a RANK , not a mark; and </li></ul><ul><li>is provided by UAC. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Calculating your ATAR <ul><li>To get an ATAR you need at least ten units of Board Developed courses – these are HSC courses that are examined by the Board of Studies. Your teachers will tell you which courses do not count. </li></ul><ul><li>Your ATAR is based on your best two units of English and the best eight units from your remaining courses. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Scaling <ul><li>Different HSC courses have very different groups of students studying them. To create an even playing field actual marks need to be adjusted before they are added. This is called scaling. </li></ul><ul><li>What scaling does is to calculate what your mark and your position would be if all courses were studied by all students. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Calculating your ATAR <ul><li>Once your marks are scaled an aggregate mark is calculated using your best two units of English and the best eight of your remaining units. </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate marks lie between 0 and 500. </li></ul><ul><li>Your position is then determined and your ATAR calculated. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What courses should you choose to get a good ATAR? <ul><li>Myths. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Choose hard courses – they will be “scaled up”. </li></ul><ul><li>This may be true, but if you don’t do well you are still likely to have a low scaled mark. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose easy courses – you will do better and the scaling won’t matter. </li></ul><ul><li>This may be true, but you may have to do really well to get a good mark. </li></ul>
  15. 15. More myths <ul><li>Don’t choose a VET course – you won’t get a good ATAR. </li></ul><ul><li>False – it doesn’t matter what course you do … it is still possible to get a good ATAR. But remember that you can only include two units from Category B courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose courses with a high percentage of students in Band 6. </li></ul><ul><li>False – the ATAR is based on the actual marks you get, and is not affected by the percentage of students in Band 6. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Still more questions… <ul><li>Do I get a better ATAR if I study more than 10 units? </li></ul><ul><li>Not necessarily, but if you have the ability it may be worthwhile to broaden the scope of your studies </li></ul><ul><li>Does my school matter? </li></ul><ul><li>NO!!! Your ATAR depends on how well you do. </li></ul>
  17. 17. 2013 Year 10 Booklet
  18. 18. Important symbols <ul><li>P = Course prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>SP = Subject prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>A = Assumed knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>R = Recommended studies </li></ul><ul><li>N = None </li></ul>
  19. 19. In summary… <ul><li>How do I get a good ATAR? </li></ul><ul><li>Choose courses that </li></ul><ul><li>- you are interested in, </li></ul><ul><li>- you are good at, </li></ul><ul><li>- will be useful/relevant for what you want to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Work hard </li></ul><ul><li>Have a life </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore the ATAR and rumours about it </li></ul>
  20. 20. Finally… <ul><li>Thank you for your attendance and your attention </li></ul><ul><li>Use your UAC Year 10 Booklet to help you choose HSC courses. </li></ul>

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