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Stage 5 is the name given to Years 9 and 10 of the compulsory years of schooling in NSW. It is a significant stage of school life eventually leading to the attainment of the Record of School Achievement at the end of Year 10.

The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) provides students with a record of their achievements if they leave school prior to completion of the Higher School Certificate. The School Certificate is no longer issued at the end of Stage 5 (Year 10) and instead the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is issued.  The introduction of the RoSA represents the most significant change to secondary schooling in more than 10 years and replaces the School Certificate first introduced in 1965.


The RoSA is available electronically and as a verifiable hard copy on demand with the most up-to-date information on a student’s achievements for completed courses across all subjects, as well as the possibility of extra-curricular activities.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has consulted widely with the teaching and broader community to ensure the RoSA balances the need to encourage students to stay at school for their HSC, while still offering a meaningful credential to those who choose to leave prior to the HSC.

The formal RoSA credential will be awarded to eligible students who choose to leave school prior to receiving their HSC, while still allowing students to view and download a transcript of their achievements when applying for jobs or further education or training.

The RoSA:
  • is a record of the full range of student achievements right up to the day they do their HSC or leave school
  • provides an electronic record of achievements that students can use at any time
  • uses assessment by teachers in schools, moderated by the NESA to ensure reliability and fairness of grades
  • provides the capacity to record vocational courses and students’ vocational experiences as well as First Aid courses, community languages courses and Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • offers online literacy and numeracy tests, with particular emphasis on work readiness, that students will be able to undertake twice a year.