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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    from what i gather, to OP is very biased against maths.
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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Schoey93 View Post
    Do not choose mathematics is you do not like it. Do NOT choose General Mathematics "just for the sake of having some maths". Let me say that NO UNI COURSE requires that course (General Math) as a prerequisiste, and it is AWFUL preparation for any mathematical/scientific course.
    Actually, you're wrong. If you want to do primary school teaching, then it's a pre-req that you have "any two units of mathematics". This includes general maths. You can do the degree without any maths at all, but the powers that be won't register you as a teacher at the end of it if you don't have 2 units of maths for your HSC, which means that you've spent 4 years at uni, and racked up a HECS debt of nearly $17,000, and you can't actually get a job at the end of it.
    I switched to general maths after half yearlies in year 11, got an HSC mark in the high 80s. I can look at a maths textbook without wanting to curl up in a little ball, which is more than a lot of the people who kept going with mathematics, and barely scraped a 50 as their final mark can say. Who would you rather have teaching your kids the basics of maths - the person who's confident with what they're doing, or the person who won't stray from what's already written in the textbook, because they don't really have any idea what they're talking about?

    Also, if you're not sure what you want to do at uni, then having done general maths is better than having done no maths. It's still not going to help you much in a maths degree or most science degrees, but if you decide that you want to do economics or something like that, then general maths could save you from having to do a bridging course.
    Having two units of maths for your HSC is never going to look bad, even if you never actually end up using it for anything.
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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Cerry View Post
    Actually, you're wrong. If you want to do primary school teaching, then it's a pre-req that you have "any two units of mathematics". This includes general maths. You can do the degree without any maths at all, but the powers that be won't register you as a teacher at the end of it if you don't have 2 units of maths for your HSC, which means that you've spent 4 years at uni, and racked up a HECS debt of nearly $17,000, and you can't actually get a job at the end of it.
    I switched to general maths after half yearlies in year 11, got an HSC mark in the high 80s. I can look at a maths textbook without wanting to curl up in a little ball, which is more than a lot of the people who kept going with mathematics, and barely scraped a 50 as their final mark can say. Who would you rather have teaching your kids the basics of maths - the person who's confident with what they're doing, or the person who won't stray from what's already written in the textbook, because they don't really have any idea what they're talking about?

    Also, if you're not sure what you want to do at uni, then having done general maths is better than having done no maths. It's still not going to help you much in a maths degree or most science degrees, but if you decide that you want to do economics or something like that, then general maths could save you from having to do a bridging course.
    Having two units of maths for your HSC is never going to look bad, even if you never actually end up using it for anything.
    Hm...interesting. I never knew that.

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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Overly I agree, pick the subjects you're good at, and you like. Cause overly you'll succeed better in them while enjoying them.
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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by -may-cat- View Post
    To those about to post "what do you know, your only in year 10", the advice is good so what does it matter.
    lol

    its great advice, yet there will STILL be a million and one threads on this anyway. Good advice though
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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by lyounamu View Post
    Hm...interesting. I never knew that.
    Lots of people don't. It's just not relevent to them, so they have no reason to know it. Doesn't bother me at all until people start getting all high and mighty about how useless general maths is, and how there's absolutely no reason you should ever do it. Remove head from ass BEFORE speaking, people.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    im thinkin about doing these subjects next year
    -Standered English
    -Senior Science
    -General Maths
    -Visual Arts
    -Photography
    -PD
    -Buisness studies

    im wanting to do a bachlour of arts at uni.
    Would these get me good enough marks to achieve a UAI of 65?
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by BiancaMaree View Post
    im thinkin about doing these subjects next year
    -Standered English
    -Senior Science
    -General Maths
    -Visual Arts
    -Photography
    -PD
    -Buisness studies

    im wanting to do a bachlour of arts at uni.
    Would these get me good enough marks to achieve a UAI of 65?
    Yep, your subjects are fine. Most subject combination can get you 100 UAI if you perform extremely well.

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    Re: How NOT to pick HSC Subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by x-Manda-x View Post
    Overly I agree, pick the subjects you're good at, and you like. Cause overly you'll succeed better in them while enjoying them.
    agreed!

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    Question Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    i have been wondering over this for a long time, and even though i feel like it is too late, my curiosity gets the better of me

    i want to know if my subject choices were made wisely:

    English Advanced
    Maths Accelerated (3u)
    SOR 1
    Chemistry
    Biology
    PDHPE
    Spanish

    would it have been better to choose English Extension 1 over PDHPE? Earth and Environmental over PDHPE?

    i am currently interested in (generally) the sciences, but more specifically in a Bachelor of Medicine- is this achievable with this pattern?

    can someone please help clear my doubts?
    Thanks

    btw - also can someone please tell me if i can do some sort of course or something for Italian? i didn't pick it before, and there is no possibility for me to do it now, since only continuers is being offered... regrets... but in the future maybe there is something (im not quite sure...)

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by klaris View Post
    Next year I'm think of doing
    - Advanced English
    - English Extension 1 or 2 coz I have no idea wt the difference is (please explain)
    - Italian
    - Ancient History
    - Modern History
    - Family and Community Studies
    Year 11: There's only one English Extension and its counted as 1 unit.

    Year 12: There's English Extension 1 & 2, both counted as 1 unit each. English Extension 1 is a requisite for Extension 2. I'm not really sure of the content of the extension courses as i don't do them, sorry.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    There's probably already a post that answers my question but....
    what the heck is scaling?
    i just came across that term when i stumbled upon this site beginning of this year
    regardless of people saying dont choose subjects just because they scale well.....may i know what are the subjects that do scale well for the hsc? and how does it work?

    i feel so noob about hsc and stuff.....so noob to the whole nsw education system....i started yr 7 here.....still finding some of the things about the examing system a bit weird

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    does anyone know if you need to do ext english in yr 11 to do ext 1 english in yr 12?
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by d3st1nyLiang View Post
    does anyone know if you need to do ext english in yr 11 to do ext 1 english in yr 12?
    yes.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by d3st1nyLiang View Post
    does anyone know if you need to do ext english in yr 11 to do ext 1 english in yr 12?
    yes you have to do extension english in year 11 to be able to do it in year 12.

    the same rule applies for pretty much any subject. the only exceptions I know of involve senior science and general maths.

    also note that to do english extension 2 you have to do english extension 1 in year 11 and then pick up extension 2 in year 12. (same goes for maths extensions)
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    I agree with the whole advanced VS standard thing. But i really dont think that HSC is the end of the world....

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    I am considering doing:

    Physics
    Advanced English
    Perhaps English Extension 1 (not sure of the difference)
    Advanced Math
    Perhaps Maths Extension 1 (its assumed knowledge for engineering at UNSW, I get around 75% marks and I'm not sure if I could do it)
    Software Design and Development

    Thats 6 definite units and a possible 8 (??)

    I'm also considering in addition to the above:

    Engineering Studies
    Business Studies
    Legal Studies
    Economics
    Modern History
    Beginners Spanish (distance ed)

    I want to do Computer Science at UNSW.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by AssesmentTask View Post
    I am considering doing:

    Physics
    Advanced English
    Perhaps English Extension 1 (not sure of the difference)
    Advanced Math
    Perhaps Maths Extension 1 (its assumed knowledge for engineering at UNSW, I get around 75% marks and I'm not sure if I could do it)
    Software Design and Development

    Thats 6 definite units and a possible 8 (??)

    I'm also considering in addition to the above:

    Engineering Studies
    Business Studies
    Legal Studies
    Economics
    Modern History
    Beginners Spanish (distance ed)

    I want to do Computer Science at UNSW.
    English Extension 1 is basically an english course that introduces some more topics related to english, such as literature or philosophy. It is not an alternative to English advanced, just an extension. It is worth 1 unit.

    Perhaps you should just give Maths extension 1 a go, and if you dont like it or arent doing to well, then just drop it. Although, having a better understanding of mathematics would definetly would help with computer science.

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    wow... this year 10 student is impressed. wat a start to the site!

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    im thinking of doing:
    3U Maths
    Ext1 English
    Physics
    Chemistry
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    are they a good combination to get a high UAI (enough for med at UNSW )?
    and also, year 12 friends tell me if im doing ext1 english, i may as well do ext2 in year 12. is this true?
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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    Firstly, any combination can receive a 'high' UAI (now known as ATAR).

    Secondly, yes, if you do Extension 1 English in year 11, you're entitled to do Extension 2 English in year 12. The same applies to Maths. Also if you do Modern/Ancient History in year 11, you can to do Extension History in year 12.

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    yes but wat i mean is that they told me ext1 english and ext2 english are not much different and that i may as well do it.
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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by w8t4hope View Post
    yes but wat i mean is that they told me ext1 english and ext2 english are not much different and that i may as well do it.
    english ext 2 has a very large major work.

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    i see...
    another question, if i did EXT2 for both maths and english, that would mean i would have 14 units, which is way too much workload, and i would have to make some alterations in my subjects - as i want only 12 units.
    what sort of alteration would be most effective (e.g. drop physics; leave english as ext1 and drop religion to 1 unit; drop chemistry; or just go to a non-religious school for senior high etc. etc.)?
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Great info :]
    I've already posted this elsewhere, but there are probably more people in this thread who are in year 11/12 / finished high school.
    Is there anyone who did/is doing CAFS and/or Society & Culture, which one do / did you find more interesting in terms of information, topics and assessments, or more interesting in general?

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