High School Year 12 Program

Focus on your future

During this final year of our High School Program you will complete your HSC studies, apply to university and explore your career options. The Year 12 program at Taylors College provides the tools and guidance for successful university applications, access to career advisors and workshops, opportunities to develop leadership skills and a focus on independent learning.

You can only enter Year 12 if you have completed Year 11 at a New South Wales school.

Year 12

Mode of study

Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training

All NSW Education Standards Authority’s syllabuses require some use of IT including the internet. There is a teacher with students at all times.


There is no clinical, work experience or other placement in our high school courses.

Other community-based learning

There are excursions into the community as required and encouraged by NSW Education Standards Authority’s syllabuses.

Collaborative research training arrangements

There is no collaborative research training arrangement in Year 12.


Students who satisfactorily complete Year 12 in 2019 will receive a Higher School Certificate (HSC).

For 2020 onwards, students who satisfactorily complete Year 12 and pass the HSC Minimum Standard Tests will receive the Higher School Certificate (HSC) credential.

Students who satisfactorily complete Year 12, but fail the HSC Minimum Standard Tests can still receive an ATAR and apply to universities. They will receive a Record of School Achievement (ROSA) from the NSW Education Standards Authority. However, they will not receive the HSC credential.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority. The assessment methods used in Year 12 include oral presentations, assignments, practical examinations, tests of limited scope and formal examinations.

Course duration

Both Year 11 and Year 12 form Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12) which is 104 weeks (Holidays included).

Minimum numbers are required to form a class in all elective subjects.


In this course, you will study heredity, genetic change, infectious disease, and non-infectious disease and disorders.

This course will cover topics related to business operations, marketing, finance and human resources. You will look at what it takes to run a successful company.

In this course, you will study equilibrium and acid reactions, acid-base reactions, organic chemistry and applying chemical ideas.

Students will study the language and how it functions through various texts within prescribed themes and issues.

In this course you will study the global economy, and Australia's place in the global economy. You will look at economic issues facing the country, economic policies and management.

Year 12 students must study English or English as a Second Language.

English Standard 

English Standard for HSC consists of content common to the Standard and Advanced course, as well as three specific modules. In these modules you will study experience through language, a close study of text, and texts and society.

English Advanced

In this course you will study content common to the Standard and Advanced courses, as well as three specific modules. In these modules you will study a comparative study of texts and context, critical study of texts, and representation and text.

Students study English Standard or English Advanced at the Distance Education High School if there are insufficient numbers to form a class.

English as an Addition Language or Dialect (EALD)

This course is designed for students from diverse, non-English speaking background, as designated by the course entry requirements. In this course you will engage in a variety of language learning experiences to develop your skill, understanding and appreciation of English.

In the Japanese Beginners course, students will study the personal world, Japanese-speaking communities, family life, friendships, education, holidays and future plans.

Year 12 Standard Mathematics 2 HSC Course

Main topics covered:

  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Financial mathematics
  • Statistical analysis
  • Networks

Year 12 Mathematics Advanced HSC Course

 Main topics covered:

  • Functions
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Calculus
  • Financial Mathematics

Year 12 Mathematics Extension 1 (3 units) HSC Course

 Main topics covered:

  • Proof
  • Vectors
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Year 12 Mathematics Extension 2 HSC Course

Main topics covered:

The course content includes the entire 2 unit Mathematics course, the entire Mathematics Extension 1 course plus:

  • Complex Numbers
  • Proof
  • Vectors
  • Calculus
  • Mechanics

In this course, you will study advanced mechanics, electromagnetism, the nature of light and from universe to the atom.

In the music course, you will study at least three topics in each year of the course. Topics are chosen from a list of 22, which cover a range of styles, periods and genres. For Year 12 an audition is required.

You will have the opportunity to study other languages including Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Malay, Persian, Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, French and German through Saturday School of Community Languages or The Open High School.

There are many Saturday Schools throughout Sydney. Where possible, you will be allocated a school closest to your home address and expected to attend every Saturday morning during school term but not during school holidays. These subjects will be in addition to the 12 Preliminary units you study at the College.

Eligibility rules apply to the study of all languages.

In the Visual Arts HSC Course students will learn how to develop their own informed points of view in increasingly more independent ways. You will study the practice of art making, art criticism, and art history applied to selected areas of interest, relationships between artist, artwork, world, audience within the art world, and how to develop meaning and focus in their work.

Key dates

Intake October
Duration 50 weeks
Orientation 12/10/2020
Term 1 12/10/2020 - 18/12/2020
Holiday 19/12/2020 - 26/01/2020
Term 2 27/01/2021 - 01/04/2021
Holiday 02/04/2021 - 18/04/2021
Term 3 19/04/2021 - 25/06/2021
Holiday 26/06/2021 - 11/07/2021
Term 4 12/07/2021 - 17/09/2021
Holiday 18/09/2021 - 04/10/2021
Term 5 05/10/2021 - 10/12/2021
Public Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 10 April Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday Monday 13 April Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April Sunday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 14 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 4 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Saturday 25 December
Additional Day - Monday 27 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Sunday 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December Tuesday 28 December

“Year 12 is all about interactive learning and building your assessment skills ready for the final HSC examination. We develop your organisational and time management abilities, as well as focusing on skills such as social interaction, personal confidence and respect.“

Mario Torrelli, English Teacher

Independent learning

In Year 12 you will continue to benefit from our university-style teaching, to make sure you are prepared for your university studies. You will undertake independent learning assignments, including research and project work.

While independent learning is an important part of the final year, you will continue to receive a high level of support and one-to-one attention. You can also join study groups where you team up with other students and work together to achieve the grades you need.

Career workshops

We offer a range of career activities to help you gain relevant work experience, build the skills needed for employment, and explore your career options. These include volunteering, learning how to write a résumé and practising interview techniques. You will also be given advice on local career opportunities.

Find your next step

To help you decide where to apply, university representatives visit Taylors College to talk about their courses and answer any questions.

Unlike domestic High School students, international students can receive up to six university offers. This means you can apply to multiple universities in Australia and around the world. Taylors College has been working closely with top universities for 90 years, so we understand what they look for in candidates. We will guide you through each step of the application process, from advising on university choices to completing application forms.

Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12). CRICOS Course Code: 071095M.

Key facts


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Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.

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