Hastings Secondary College

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Year 11 and 12

We provide quality advice and guidance to students through a comprehensive, supportive subject selection process. 

When your child is in Year 10, they will begin to understand their individual interests and aspirations better and will start to plan for their future. Students doing work experience begin to understand the expectations of them in the world of work. 

The Senior Studies Guide contains essential information to help you and your child make informed decisions about the range of courses and pathways available. 

Download the Senior Study Guide

Timeline for subject selection

Term 2 Week 9

  • Senior Studies Guide issued.
  • Careers Advisers provide information about the Higher School Certificate (HSC), Courses, VET courses and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements.

Term 2 Week 10

  • Students to speak at school with teachers regarding specific subject information, recommended subjects and options (specifically Mathematics and English options).

Term 3 Weeks 1-3

  • Hastings Secondary College Subject Information Event -Thursday 20th July Panthers Auditorium.
  • Students and parents can book interviews on the night.
  • All students and parents are invited to attend interviews at their home campus (Week 2 or 3) or online where they will have the opportunity to discuss their course choices and submit their initial course selections.
  • Students must submit their initial course selections by Friday 4 August 2023 (Week 3).

Term 3 Week 4-5

  • Year 11 Course offerings will be finalised and timetable lines developed as a result of initial choices.
  • Second round interviews may be held for students affected by the line structure.


The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is awarded to students who have completed Year 11 and Year 12. There is a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy required to receive the HSC.

Further information on HSC:

Pathways to senior success

Your subject choices should reflect your strengths and interests, and support your career aspirations. Plus, if you enjoy the subjects you study you're more likely to do well in them. By the end of Term 2, all year 10 students will be choosing their subjects for year 11.


Students wanting access to University, College or TAFE will undertake a pattern of study which provides them with an ATAR.

We offer specialist academic support through the College ASC (Academic Study Centre). The ASC provides targeted assistance to students, helping them enhance their understanding and excel in their studies. With this combination of a robust curriculum and dedicated academic support, we aim to empower our students to achieve their full potential and succeed in their educational journey. Each student will be guided in the creation of a suitable pattern of subjects which reflects their personal goals and meets their tertiary requirements.


FLEX is a specialised program designed to support students who are still exploring their career pathways. 

It offers a unique combination of vocational and academic courses. By providing this diverse range of subjects, FLEX enables students to gain practical skills and experiences while continuuing their academic studies. These vocational courses expose students to various industries and professions, helping them discover the interests and talents.

The program ensures they receive a solid foundation in academic subjects to maintain flexibility in the educational journey. FLEX aims to empower students to make informed decisions about their future careers by equipping them with both practical and academic knowledge.

Industry Based Training (IBT) OR Fast Track to Employment (FT2E). 

This is a pathway specifically designed for students who are looking to enter the workforce with both the HSC and vocational qualifications or for students who will benefit from intensive support to build employability skills and workplace literacies.

Students will have the opportunity to design a personalised pathway, which includes College vocational courses, integrated work placement, access to TAFE courses free of charge and the possibility of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Students will attain an HSC credential and an Australian Qualification Framework credential, including Certificate II and Certificate III, which can be used to accelerate further vocational studies.

School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)

Students at Hastings Secondary College can undertake a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT). An SBAT can help students get a headstart in their careers by combining paid work, training and school.

SBAT students earn an industry recognised national qualification and unit credits toward their HSC.

Undertaking an SBAT in Year 10 or Year 11 and is an appropriate step towards vocational education and training (VET) or univserty post school pathways.

Find out more: School-based training and apprenticeships