HSC & IB

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

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.