Student Pathways

At Newcastle Grammar School, we recognise that each student is on their own learning path, with different goals and interests. While most students will graduate NGS with a desire to undertake tertiary studies, others may be motivated to enter the workforce. Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to helping each student achieve their individual academic goal.

Higher School Certificate (HSC)

Students begin the HSC in Year 11 and complete their HSC studies with exams at the end of Year 12. Although there are alternative pathways for tertiary study, success in the HSC ensures a smooth transition to university. When choosing subjects for their HSC studies, NGS asks that students consider their personal interests, skill and talents, their career aspirations and their university prerequisites.

Most students complete the HSC over two consecutive years (Year 11 and Year 12), but those requiring an alternative pathway may speak to the School about a flexible mode of completion including accumulation of courses over a long period of time or acceleration. 

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET opportunities allow students to study courses relevant to industry needs, often with clear post-graduate work or further study destinations. VET courses often include a requirement to complete work placement. Newcastle Grammar School offers the VET Hospitality course for students onsite, with flexibility around other VET subjects.

Students may elect to study a TVET to gain work-related skills and abilities through recognised TAFE NSW. Studying a TVET course at school can help build practical skills and may count towards your HSC as well as further TAFE study.

Learning Support Team

For students across all years who need additional provision to achieve their best, our Learning Support team is available to provide the tools, techniques and learning plans to ensure every student’s needs are identified and met. Staff are also regularly available for guidance on specific subjects or overall study skills at the Learning Centre, available to all Secondary School students.