Past HSC Exam Questions - Core 1


Today we will take a look at the Syllabus and past HSC questions. We want to really identify how questions are asked. The idea of the video is not to predict future questions but rather understand the types of questions that may be asked and how the board of studies has implemented the glossary of terms within these questions.

We need to first acknowledge that all the questions you are about to see are the property of the Board of Studies and are only being used for educational purposes.

We would hope that teachers can use this video in one of a couple of ways. To showcase the different types of questions that might be asked and to also provide students with practise questions to receive feedback. If you are a student, feel free to pause the video throughout and utilise the past HSC questions to practise. Don’t forget your teachers love receiving all these extra questions to mark…


Let’s start with the glossary of terms.

Knowing the glossary of key terms is fundamental. It is really a guide for you as a student to help structure your answers as well as knowing how much depth to go into in each question. You can find a list of the glossary of terms on the Board of studies website or  you could review your syllabus and look at the learn to columns to see what glossary terms are used.


So for this video we have broken apart the Core 1 syllabus dot point by dot point to show you every question that has been asked in the HSC since 2010.

The first dot point is measuring health status. You can see that there are four questions. Two are outline questions. A term that comes straight from the glossary. The other style of question asks how? As we move into the next dot point you will start to notice as we go the use of how, what and why as terms that are starting to be used more and more. You can see in the first couple of dot points, the range in answers moves from three to six marks.

The groups experiencing health inequities seems to have been a very common dot point for questions in the HSC previously. There has been an even spread of questions from the students learn about side of the syllabus. This area of the syllabus is a fairly big point to cover. Make sure you choose wisely when research another group other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

You can see that there have been questions previously asked directly related to CVD and cancer. And that Growing and Ageing population has had one question asked previously. Again a reminder that we can’t predict whether or not this dot point will produce future questions. Make sure you create notes on every syllabus dot point.

The next large dot point on Healthcare in Australia has drawn a lot of previous questioning. This is such an important area of concern in our society so it is important to research and understand this dot point. Again, ‘what’ seems to be a common term being used to in questions.

Moving onto the very last dot point – health promotion based on the Ottawa Charter. Now most students and teachers will be prepared for this mainly because of the frequency of the questions arising. You can see there are a lot of 8 mark questions so you really need to know your stuff and be able to provide examples.

So as you can see, every dot point has the potential to have questions asked. We advise you to make detailed notes, know and understand your syllabus and be prepared to answer any style of question. Remember, being prepared will make the trial and HSC a lot less stressful on you.