Final countdown begins for HSC 2017

It’s the beginning of the ”˜business end’ of the school year, with more than 70,000 students counting down to the official end of Year 12, less than two weeks away.

Education Minister Rob Stokes has reviewed the final preparations of more than 700,000 exam papers for 118 courses that are now ready for distribution to 750 exam centres around NSW and overseas.

“Running the HSC exams is a herculean 16 month operation, which is carefully planned and executed to ensure it not only runs smoothly, but remains fair for every student,” Mr Stokes said.

Figures released by the NSW Education Standards Authority today reveal that 77,975 students are enrolled in at least one HSC course. For the majority, it ends a journey of 13 years of formal schooling.

Final preparations for the HSC exams are underway, which kick off with English on Monday 16 October.

Mr Stokes congratulated all students for the years of hard work it has taken to reach this point.

“Over coming weeks I encourage all HSC candidates to look after their health, take time out to exercise and keep the right balance in preparation for the exams ahead.” Mr Stokes said.

“While it is an important opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge, at the end of the day it’s just an exam.”

2017 HSC enrolment statistics


  • 70,270 students are on track to achieve the HSC this year
  • 77,975 students are enrolled in one or more HSC courses
  • 51% are female. 49% are male

By region

  • Around 64% have completed HSC courses in the Sydney region
  • Around 36% have completed HSC courses in regional NSW
  • Just under 1% have completed HSC courses interstate or overseas

By course

  • Mathematics, Biology and Business Studies are the most popular elective subjects
  • Japanese is the most popular language in 2017 followed by French
  • Hospitality is the most popular vocational course

Random facts

  • Joshua and Emily are the most popular first names for students.
  • Smith and Nguyen are the most popular surnames
  • the 2017 cohort includes 913 sets of twins and 16 sets of triplets


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