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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 6

The new Stage 6 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science and History, including five Life Skills courses are now available on the NSW Syllabuses site. For all other Stage 6 courses, please visit the NESA website.

New requirements for school-based assessment for each of the new Stage 6 courses are available on each syllabus page.

The new Stage 6 syllabuses are to be implemented as follows:

2017 Familiarisation and planning for new Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science, Science Extension (Term 4) and History syllabuses.
2018 Start teaching the new Year 11 English, Mathematics Standard, Science and History courses.
In Term 4 start teaching the new Year 12 English, Mathematics Standard, Science, Science Extension and History courses.
Familiarisation and planning for the new Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 and Science Extension (Terms 1–3) Stage 6 syllabuses.
2019 First HSC examination for new Stage 6 English, Mathematics Standard, Science, Science Extension and History courses.
Start teaching the new Year 11 Mathematics Advanced and Mathematics Extension 1.
In Term 4 start teaching the new Year 12 Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2.
2020 First HSC examination year for Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2.

Read about the NESA Board’s decision to postpone the implementation of the new Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses and frequently asked questions. Updates about the release of the new syllabuses and an implementation timeline will be provided through NESA News.

Download our PowerPoint presentation introducing the new NSW Stage 6 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science and History.

Course descriptions are now available for the new Stage 6 syllabuses.

Examination specifications and sample examination materials for new courses are now available. The Assessment and Examination Materials section of each course provides:

  • an assessment and reporting document, including new examination specifications
  • sample examination materials, including questions, marking guidelines and mapping grids
  • revised performance band descriptions.

Click on each course below to view the syllabus, course description, support materials and the assessment and examination materials.

New Stage 6 Syllabuses