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Friday, 09 Sep 2016

Record number of HSC students finish school next week

Data released by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) today shows a record 69,350 students will be hitting the books this month to study for their final HSC exams.

BOSTES President Tom Alegounarias is encouraging Year 12 students finishing school next week to stay focussed ahead of HSC exams starting on 13 October.

“Congratulations to our HSC students on completing 13 years of school and already having 50 per cent of their HSC marks in hand,” Mr Alegounarias said.

“If you haven’t already, now is the time to develop a study plan to make the most of the break before exams start. Balancing study with scheduled time for relaxation and fun is also important.”

2016 HSC enrolment statistics


  • 69, 350 students are on track to achieve the HSC this year
  • 77,163 students are enrolled in one or more HSC courses
  • 51% are female. 49% are male
  • Joshua and Emily are the most popular first names for students.
  • Smith and Nguyen are the most popular surnames
  • The cohort includes 864 sets of twins and 18 sets of triplets

By region

  • Around 62% have completed HSC courses in the Sydney region
  • Around 37% have completed HSC courses in regional NSW
  • Around 0.5% have completed HSC courses interstate or overseas

By course

  • Maths, Biology and Business Studies are the most popular elective subjects
  • French is the most popular language and Japanese is the most popular Asian language
  • Hospitality is the most popular vocational course

The 2016 HSC Enrolment Snapshot provides total enrolments, enrolments by region and enrolments by course as at 1 September 2016.

View the snapshot and the HSC Fact Sheet: