Diversity in learning
- Aboriginal education
- Special education
- Gifted and talented students
- English as an additional language
Students can meet all Years 7–10 mandatory curriculum requirements for a Record of School Achievement (RoSA) by satisfactorily completing Life Skills courses. Students who study Stage 6 Life Skills courses are eligible for the HSC award if they meet eligibility requirements.
All Life Skills courses are listed on the RoSA and HSC credentials. Students will also receive a Profile of Student Achievement with their credential. It lists the outcomes achieved in each Life Skills course studied.
Record of School Achievement
Years 7–11 Life Skills courses are credentialed on the RoSA. This applies to eligible students who leave school before completing the HSC.
Students studying Life Skills courses in Years 10 and 11 must be entered into these courses through Schools Online (Administration). This is done when student entries for each year are made. Students are automatically enrolled in the Years 7–10 mandatory curriculum requirements.
Life Skills courses studied in Years 9–11 that have been successfully completed, are reported on the RoSA with the notation ‘Refer to Profile of Student Achievement’. This includes any Stage 5 additional or elective Life Skills courses studied by the student.
Students studying one or more Life Skills courses may accumulate courses towards the RoSA. There is no time limit for accumulation of courses.
Students who leave school but are not eligible for a RoSA receive a Transcript of Study. These students will also receive a Profile of Student Achievement for each satisfactorily completed Life Skills course.
Higher School Certificate
Stage 6 Life Skills courses are Board Developed courses. Students can study them to meet the requirements for the HSC award. Schools enter the student in the appropriate course(s) via Schools Online (Administration). They do this when HSC entries are made.
Each Life Skills course includes a:
- 2-unit Year 11 course (120 hours)
- 2-unit Year 12 course (120 hours)
except Studies of Religion I Life Skills which is a 1-unit course of 60 hours of study in each year.
There are no external examinations for Life Skills courses. They cannot be used in the calculation of a student's Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Life Skills courses satisfactorily completed in Year 12 are reported on the HSC Record of Achievement with the notation ‘Refer to Profile of Student Achievement’. An assessment mark is not reported for these courses.
Students studying one or more Life Skills courses may accumulate courses towards Year 11 or Year 12. There is no time restriction on the accumulation of courses towards Year 11. Students may take up to five years to accumulate courses towards Year 12.
Profile of Student Achievement
The NSW Education Standards Authority issues the Profile of Student Achievement. It is for each student who has satisfactorily completed a Life Skills course during Years 10– 12. The Profile of Student Achievement is issued when the student leaves school. It includes the syllabus outcomes achieved by the student in Life Skills courses that they have satisfactorily completed.
The school records these outcomes through Schools Online (Administration). This is done when collecting Stage 5 and Year 11 grades and Year 12 assessment marks. Teachers can collect data to use in this reporting process by downloading the Life Skills outcomes worksheet for each course. The outcomes worksheets can be found with the syllabuses. For Stage 5 courses, schools may record outcomes achieved in Years 7 and 8. Achievement of Stage 6 Life Skills outcomes is a cumulative process. Achievement of outcomes is reported in Year 11 and amended or extended in Year 12.
Reporting syllabus outcomes for the Profile of Student Achievement
Only schools can enter outcomes achieved in Schools Online (Administration). However, students can demonstrate achievement of outcomes in many ways. They can do so across a range of environments including the school, home and community.
Students may achieve Life Skills outcomes from additional courses that they are not enrolled in. These also can be recorded and will appear on the Profile of Student Achievement.
Life Skills outcomes in Schools Online (Administration) are automatically set to Not applicable. Tick the Achieved column next to any outcome the student has achieved. Tick the Achieved with support column if the student needed support to achieve the outcome.
Outcomes not achieved, or that have not been addressed in the teaching and learning program, should remain indicated as Not applicable. These outcomes will not appear on the student’s Profile of Student Achievement.
The following resources provide further support:
Reporting outcomes for the Profile of Student Achievement.
Answering your questions
Q: What is the limit of outcomes that can be entered for a student studying Life Skills?
A: There is no limit. Schools should enter all the outcomes the student has achieved in courses studied for Years 10–12. At least one outcome should be entered as ‘Achieved’ for each Life Skills course. The student can achieve this outcome either independently or with support.
Q: How is the mandatory Stage 4 LOTE curriculum requirement recorded for the RoSA for students who have completed a Languages Life Skills course?
A: The study of a language over a continuous 12-month period, preferably in Years 7–8, is a mandatory curriculum requirement. If a student completes a Language Life Skills course in Years 7–8, this will appear within the list of mandatory courses as ‘Completed’. Outcomes will not be recorded on the Profile of Student Achievement since the course was not studied in Year 10.
Q: Can outcome information be entered into Schools Online (Administration) during Year 9?
A: No. At present, outcome information is only collected during Years 10–12. This is done at the same time as Year 10 and 11 grades and Year 12 assessment marks are collected. Schools may use the Life Skills outcome worksheets to record outcomes achieved during Year 9, for Life Skills courses completed in Year 10.
Q: The student has been studying English Life Skills since Year 7. The student demonstrated the achievement of some of the English Life Skills outcomes in Years 7 and 8. Should these be entered on the Profile of Student Achievement?
A: Yes, outcomes achieved for courses studied in Year 10 should be recorded regardless of when they were achieved.
Q: A student is studying a combination of Life Skills courses and regular courses. How is this recorded on the Profile of Student Achievement?
A: Only outcomes achieved for Life Skills courses are recorded on the Profile of Student Achievement. Other courses will be reported with a grade (for the RoSA) or with the relevant marks (for the HSC).
Q: The Mathematics Life Skills program for a particular student in Year 10 was supplemented with some Life Skills outcomes from the Commerce syllabus for a unit on money. The student has achieved two Life Skills outcomes from the Commerce syllabus. Should these be recorded on the Stage 5 Profile of Student Achievement, even though the student is not entered in Commerce Life Skills in Year 10?
A: Yes, the relevant Commerce Life Skills outcomes should be selected and will appear under the heading 'Commerce Life Skills' on the Profile of Student Achievement. However, the course will not appear as a course completed on the student’s RoSA.
Q: Will Life Skills outcomes achieved be recorded on the Profile of Student Achievement for Life Skills courses not satisfactorily completed?
A: No. Life Skills outcomes will only be reported on the Profile of Student Achievement for courses that the student has satisfactorily completed. For example, if a student leaves school before the end of Year 11, their Record of School Achievement or Transcript of Study will only include Life Skills outcomes for courses satisfactorily completed in Year 10.
Q: Should the outcomes reported for the HSC only reflect those outcomes achieved in Year 12?
A: No. Achievement of Stage 6 Life Skills outcomes is reported in Year 11. For courses continued in Year 12, reporting of outcomes achieved is cumulative. Teachers can amend or extend what was reported in Year 11.
Q: Are students studying only Life Skills courses required to satisfactorily complete the HSC: All My Own Work program?
No. Students studying only Life Skills courses in Stage 6 are not required to complete HSC: All My Own Work . The program is optional for these students.
For some students with special education needs, schools may decide to devise an appropriate equivalent of the HSC: All My Own Work program.