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Board of Studies

Board of Studies This link will take you to the syllabus section of the Board of Studies website where you will have access to the syllabus, specimen papers, marking guidelines, support documents and resource lists. These can be downloaded and printed where required.

new button Stage 6 Agriculture Sample HSC Examination materials are now available. They include sample HSC examination quesitons, marking guidelines and a mapping grid showing how each sample question relates to the syllabus, outcomes and content, and to the performance bands.

From 2011, the HSC examination in Agriculture will be a single three-hour paper consisting of two sections: Section I will examine the core content and Section II will examine the Electives.

Course plans and units of work

The following course plans and units of work are based on the Board of Studies Stage 6 Agriculture syllabus published on the 12th January 2010.  The syllabus was implemented for Yr 11 students in 2010 and the first examination in the HSC for 2011.

Sample teaching program: Preliminary course  
Sample teaching program: HSC course 

Electronic content allocation tool (ECAT)

The electronic content allocation tool (ECAT) is an Excel spreadsheet which allows the user to allocate content across the course and check that syllabus content is covered fully and evenly across a course plan, program or unit of work.

Agriculture Preliminary electronic content electronic tool

Agriculture HSC electronic content electronic tool

ECAT instructions This document provides information on how to use ECAT.

Stage 6 Agriculture syllabus support workshop materials

The Stage 6 Agriculture syllabus support workshops were presented across ten regions in 2010. The workshop materials are provided below.

Participant workbook           Resource booklet           PowerPoint presentation         

Assessment and reporting

General Assessment and Reporting information This link will provide you with access to a wealth of information on assessment and reporting available at various web sites and in a number of newsletters and bulletins. 
Preparing an assessment program for Agriculture (pdf - 89 KB) This document outlines a series of steps to assist with the development of and assessment program for stage 6 Agriclture. 
Assessment program for the HSC course (pdf - 604kb) This article appeared in Curriculum Support for teaching in TAS 7-12 2000 (Vol.5 No.3). It features an assessment program for the HSC course, sample tasks and the thinking that underpinned their development.

Teaching ideas

Animals in Schools

The purpose of this Animals in Schools web site is to assist schools to satisfy the requirements of the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) and the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. 

Student support

NSW HSC Online/Agriculture is a valuable site for both students and teachers. It includes teaching and learning ideas, activities and resources for a number of HSC subjects. You can also download copies of the syllabus and specimen exam papers. 

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