Record of Secondary Achievement (RoSA)

Record of Secondary Achievement (RoSA)


Eligibility for a RoSA

To be eligible for a RoSA, students must have:

  • Completed the mandatory curriculum requirements for Years 7 to 10.
  • Attended a government school, an accredited non-government school or a recognised school outside NSW until the final day of Year 10.
  • Completed courses of study that satisfy Education Standards’ curriculum and assessment requirements for the RoSA.
  • Complied with the requirements from the Education Act.

Receiving the RoSA

Students who have completed Year 10 and are leaving the College can request their RoSA through the College. When a request is received the College contacts NESA who provides it directly to the student via email. Students cannot directly request a RoSA themselves.

If evidence of the satisfactory completion of Year 10 is required urgently, the College can generate an online eRecord that can be used as an interim result report until the formal RoSA credential is delivered to the Students Online account. 

At any time, all students in Years 11 and 12 can access an online eRecord to provide potential employers when seeking casual work via their Students Online account. Students who remain at school to complete their HSC will not receive a RoSA. 

Transferring Schools

A RoSA is not issued to students if they are transferring schools. Transferring students are managed between schools. The College informs NESA of a new student’s arrival by updating the student’s details during the enrolments process.

RoSA Reporting and Grades

The RoSA shows a student’s comprehensive record of academic achievement which includes:

  • completed courses and the awarded grade or mark
  • courses a student has participated in but did not complete before leaving school
  • results of any minimum standard literacy and numeracy tests that may have been sat
  •  date the student left school.

It includes an A to E grade for all Stage 5 (Year 10) and Preliminary Stage 6 (Year 11) courses, the student has satisfactorily completed. Successful completed Vocational Educational and Training (VET) and Life Skills course are reported differently to graded courses.

Life Skills

Students with disability can complete the Life Skills curriculum option.

Students who leave school before completing their HSC, but who have satisfactorily completed Year 11 or Year 10 Life Skills courses, can receive a RoSA.

For every satisfactorily completed Life Skills course an accompanying Profile of Student Achievement is included with the RoSA to provide students with more details of their achievements from each course.

Students Who Do Not Qualify for a RoSA

Students who leave school before finishing Year 10 are not eligible for a RoSA. If students leave after Year 10 and still don’t meet RoSA requirements they will be issued with a Transcript of Study which contains the same information as the RoSA for courses satisfactorily completed. Schools must advise NESA if a student leaves school.

While formal RoSA credentials are for school leavers, all Years 11 and 12 students will be able to access their cumulative academic results, the courses they are enrolled in and print an eRecord via their Students Online account.

School Attendance

The Principal determines whether each student has satisfactorily completed a course. Student attendance, satisfactory completion of coursework and assessment tasks are used to determine whether a course has been satisfactorily completed.

There is no General Exemption application available for students who leave prior to the end of Year 10. Exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances due to medical, participation in an accredited elite sports or arts programs or employment in the entertainment industry.

To receive a RoSA, students must attend school until the final day of Year 10 and also complete the mandatory Years 7-10 curriculum requirements in the following areas:

  •  English
  •  Mathematics
  •  Science
  •  Human Society and its Environment
  •  Languages Other than English
  • Technological and Applied Studies
  •  Creative Arts

  •  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

‘N’ Determinations

If students do not complete a course’s requirements they will receive an ‘N’ determination.

Students are warned via a letter from the College if it looks like they might receive an ‘N’ determination. This aims to give the student time to complete the course requirements and rectify the problem.

If a student receives an ‘N’ determination in a mandatory curriculum requirement course, they won’t be eligible for the RoSA. If they leave school, they will receive a Transcript of Study that will list the mandatory course(s) that received an ‘N’ determination.

If a student is given an ‘N’ determination in a non-mandatory course, the course will not appear on their RoSA or Transcript of Study.

What Happened to the School Certificate?

In 2011, the NSW Government announced the abolition of the School Certificate, a credential that had existed since 1965. It also announced that, for students choosing to leave school before the completion of their HSC, the School Certificate would be replaced by a broader, cumulative record of achievement. The RoSA replaced the School Certificate in 2012.

It is important that families and employers understand that the RoSA is cumulative so it reports everything a student has completed from the end of year 10 up until the date they left school.

This differs to the School Certificate where only achievements until the end of Year 10 were reported.