HSC VET Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) Courses
An Industry Curriculum Framework course, studied as part of the HSC,
enables students to acquire a range of technical, personal and
organisational skills valued both within and beyond the workplace.
Students receive a nationally recognised
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) credential on successful
completion of a course.
The examination mark from one Industry
Curriculum Framework VET course may be included in the calculation of a
student's University Admission Index (UAI).
School based assessment
VET courses are competency based. This requires students to develop the
competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of
Students must demonstrate to a qualified assessor that they can
effectively carry out the various tasks to the standard required in the
appropriate industry to be assessed as competent.
HSC examination (optional)
The optional Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination for Industry
Curriculum Framework (240 hours) courses will involve a written
examination made up of multiple-choice items, short answers and
extended response items.
The examination is independent of the competency-based assessment
undertaken during the course and has no impact on the eligibility of a
student to receive AQF qualifications.
Students in Industry Curriculum Framework courses must
complete work placement of up to 70 hours for a 2 unit x
2 year course (240 hours). Additional hours are required for any
extension courses - typically 35 hours for 120 hours of HSC credit.
School based apprenticeships and traineeships
School based apprenticeships and traineeships prepare students for a
career in a particular industry, provide a training wage and skills
training both on-the-job and off-the-job at school, TAFE NSW or with a
private training provider.
Apprenticeships and/or Traineeships are available in a range of HSC VET
courses, including all Industry Curriculum Frameworks.
A school based traineeship is generally completed over two years while
students are still at school as part of the HSC.
A school based apprenticeship is undertaken over 2 years part-time
while students are still at school as part of the HSC, and then
continued over 3 years full-time post school.
The school's Careers Advisor, Transition Advisor or VET Coordinator has
more information on VET courses and school based apprenticeships and