June 11, 2018

Victorian High School Cancer Competition

The High School Cancer Competition (HSCC) is Australia’s first science competition about cancer. It assesses year 10 students’ understanding of cancer biology, treatment, prevention, and their ability to apply this information in new contexts.

Key information for 2019 HSCC

  • Date: Friday, 13th September 2019 
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Venue: campus of each participating school 


The HSCC is a physical paper-based competition so registration is essential. Registration is now open, and will close in mid-August 2019.


The top-performing 2018 HSCC students won a 1 week research internship opportunity at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg, Victoria. Similar prizes will be up for grabs in the 2019 HSCC.
All participating students will be awarded certificates.

How to prepare

We encourage students to prepare for the HSCC by working through the ACHSC Syllabus with their teachers. The HSCC is based on the ACHSC Syllabus, which can be accessed for free here.

Our Syllabus is the first of its kind and endorsed by our partner organisations. It is designed to teach and extend students’ knowledge of general biology and cancer, with material beyond the scope of the year 10 science curriculum/ VCE Unit 1 & 2.

The ACHSC Syllabus is divided into four areas of study, each of which explores a different aspect of cancer;

  1. Cancer Cell Biology
  2. Causes of Cancer
  3. Types of Cancer
  4. Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Further information

For further information or other enquiries, please contact the ACHSC at info@achsc.org.au.