Queenwood is one of only a few schools in NSW to offer both HSC and IB pathways in Years 11 and 12.

Both HSC and IB are excellent credentials and each girl has the opportunity to choose the style and pattern of study which best suits her individual interests and preferences.

We have offered dual pathways for over 15 years and our girls have had remarkable success over that time.

There are frequent opportunities during the year to learn more about each pathway, and we provide girls and parents with tailored advice and guidance during the course of Year 10 to assist in making the choice.

After completing the HSC or the IB, students are awarded an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) which is used for entrance into Australian universities. Students wishing to study overseas can choose either the HSC or the IB and are assisted in their applications by our Careers Advisor.

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About the HSC

The Higher School Certificate is the highest academic credential within the NSW school system and allows a particularly flexible choice of subjects.

  • Girls undertake 12 units of study in Year 11. Most subjects count for 2 units.

  • Girls typically take 11-12 units of study in Year 11 with further subject specialisation options available.

  • Around 20 subjects offered. Only English is compulsory.

About the IB

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year course of study for Years 11 and 12 which has a distinctive educational philosophy and is offered in over 140 countries.

  • Girls must undertake one subject from each of six categories: English language and literature, foreign language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, the arts.

  • They must also undertake additional courses and activities: the Extended Essay; Creativity Activity Service; Theory of Knowledge.

  • Girls are awarded a final score out of 45.

Around the world there is increasing interest in the IB Diploma. You can hear a discussion of the reasons behind this trend by an expert here.