Preliminary Course

The Preliminary Course commences in Term 1 of Year 11 and concludes at the end of Term 3 Year 11.

Students are required to have satisfactorily completed the Preliminary Course in order to continue into the HSC year

Assessment in the Preliminary Course is described in each Board of Studies course syllabus document – these can be found at

The Board of Studies requires that schools develop an assessment schedule for each course which clearly outlines the outcomes being assessed, the nature of the task (examination, oral, research, essay etc) the weighting of the task and the timing eg Term 1 Week 4. 

At St Francis Xavier’s College, students will be required to sit for formal examinations during two blocks – the Mid-Course Examinations which commence in Week 5 of Term 2 and the Final Preliminary Examinations which commence in Week 8 of Term 3 (in the case of a 10 Week Term)

Students are provided with an Assessment Notification at least two weeks prior to each scheduled task. The Notification usually includes a description of the task, the outcomes, and marking criteria. In most cases Assessment Notifications are given in hard copy, are emailed to students and lodged in the Virtual Classroom for each course.

At the conclusion of the Preliminary Course students are awarded a Grade A to E which forms the Board of Studies Record of Student Achievement – RoSA.