New South Wales

2020 Year 12 Results Now Available

The 2020 HSC Distinguished Achiever awards, Subject Rank awards and All-rounder awards were officially announced on Fri 18 Dec and are now available on the Top Scores site.

This year, David He (Muirfield High School) , Jules Vahl (Sydney Grammar School) and Declan Zammit (Barker College) were the only three HSC students to chalk up a total of nine Distinguished Achiever awards, thus earning themselves top spots on the Student Rankings by D.A. Count list.

This is the sixth year in a row that a student from Sydney Grammar School has appeared in the top group of the D.A. Count list.

Amongst the winners of Subject Top Achiever awards this year, two students came out on top with a total of five Top Achiever awards: Sariena Ye (James Ruse Agricultural High School) and Declan Zammit (Barker College). Eszter Coombs (Fort Street High School and NSW School of Languages) was the runner-up, being the only student to win four Top Achiever awards.

In the School HSC Statistics for 2020, Knox Grammar School took the top spot with the largest group of Distinguished Achiever award winners (289 students). Once again James Ruse Agricultural High finished the year with the largest number of HSC All Rounders (79 students).

Congratulations to all of this year's high achievers.

Year 12 in NSW

In New South Wales, students who successfully complete year 12 studies are awarded the Higher School Certificate (HSC). HSC results are the basis for determining which students receive offers of enrolment at tertiary institutions. The HSC program has a long history in NSW education, extending back to the late 1960's, when it was first introduced.

To be awarded an HSC, a student must complete four subjects or more, involving at least ten units of study.

HSC schools offer a wide range of subjects (worth 2 units) and extension courses (worth 1 unit). Each single unit of work is marked out of 50, so the majority of the core HSC subjects involve a mark out of 100. A student's overall HSC result is calculated from their best 2 units of English plus their best 8 additional units.

About HSC Results

HSC results are divided statistically into bands, from 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest) in a standard course, or from E1 to E4 in an extension course.

Students who achieve a band 6 or E4 result are recognised as Distinguished Achievers. This is equivalent to an HSC score of 90% or more.

Administration of the HSC

The NSW Education Standards Authority is responsible for administering the HSC program. It establishes and manages the curricula used throughout the NSW primary and secondary schools, from Kindergarten through to year 12. It conducts the external HSC examinations each year in November. It also oversees the assessment process and the distribution of exam results.

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