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cover image of article Specimen examination materials for Stage 6 Society and Culture
Friday, 17 April 2015

Specimen examination materials for Stage 6 Society and Culture

BOSTES 18/15

Who needs to read this notice:
Curriculum co-ordinators
HSC co-ordinators
VET co-ordinators
Head Teachers HSIE
Society and Culture Teachers

Specimen examination materials have been produced that reflect the revised Stage 6 Society and Culture syllabus first implemented with Year 11 in 2014 and Year 12 in 2015.

The examination specifications of the new syllabus will be implemented for the 2015 Higher School Certificate.

Key amendments to the examination include:

  • There are now only two sections in the examination – Section I which assesses the core and Section II which assesses the Depth Studies
  • In Section II, questions consist of two parts

                              1. Part (a) short response questions worth 5 marks
                              2. Part (b) an extended response question worth 15 mark

  •  In Section II, students are required to answer questions from TWO Depth Studies

The specimen examination materials are available to download from the syllabus section of the BOSTES website.

The following are also available:

  • Society and Culture Stage 6 syllabus
  • Assessment and Reporting in Society and Culture

A revised support document is under development for release in May 2015.

For more information, contact:
Darren Tayler
Inspector, HSIE
(02) 9367 8151

cover image of article Music 2 and Music Extension HSC performance examinations - changes to scheduling
Friday, 17 April 2015

Music 2 and Music Extension HSC performance examinations - changes to scheduling

BOSTES 19/15

Who needs to read this notice:
HSC Co-ordinators
HSC Music Teachers
Head Teachers, Creative Arts

Effective: 2015 examinations

BOSTES has changed the scheduling arrangements for HSC Music 2 and Music Extension performance examinations. From 2015, where possible, schools are requested to separate the Music 2 and the Music Extension performance examinations. This means that all the examinations for Music 2 should be completed before the Music Extension examinations commence, or vice versa.

Separating the scheduling of each course’s examinations will make marking more effective, and allow students to have a break between examinations.

As in previous years, schools will not receive separate school marking advices for Music 2 and Music Extension. It is up to the teacher to ensure they devise a specific schedule.

Schools are reminded that examination scheduling requests must be made in writing to Christine Johnston at BOSTES by Monday 27 July. Due to the complexities of the Music performance examination schedule, no requests can be considered after this date.

For more information, contact:
Christine Johnston
Examination Operations

(02) 9367 8105

April 17, 2015
March 27, 2015