June 11, 2018

High School Cancer Competition

The High School Cancer Competition (HSCC) is Australia’s first and only 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 2020 HSCC

  • Competition date: 9:00 – 10:00 AM Wednesday 21st October 2020
  • Format: multiple choice via online exam software platform
  • Registration cost: $5 per student
  • Eligible students: All current Y10 Australian and New Zealand students
  • Registration closes: 11:59 PM Wednesday 30th September 2020
    Where possible, the HSCC should be conducted in exam conditions under direct teacher supervision. However, given current changes to face-to-face teaching in Victoria, students may complete the HSCC under parental/guardian supervision. Parents/guardians and students will be required to sign a declaration form to verify this. Further details will be provided to applicable schools and students, depending on how lockdown restrictions change in upcoming months.


To register for the 2020 HSCC, please complete the following form by the registration closing date: 2020 HSCC reigstration form

Full Terms and Conditions for the 2020 HSCC can be found below.

2020 HSCC prizes

  • 1st place: $200 bursary
  • 2nd place: $100 bursary
  • 3rd place: $50 bursary

The YACI is currently aiming to organise week-long research internships for the top 3 students. However, the viability of these internships will depend on how the COVID pandemic evolves in the coming months and thus cannot be guaranteed. All participating students will receive a certificate.

Testimonials from previous winners

Preparing for 2020 HSCC

We encourage students to prepare for the HSCC by working through the YACI Syllabus with their teachers, which can be accessed for free here.

The YACI Syllabus is the first of its kind and endorsed by our partner organisations. It is designed to extend students’ knowledge of general biology and cancer beyond the scope of the year 10 science/ VCE Unit 1 & 2 curriculum (or equivalent).

The Syllabus contains four major areas of study, each exploring a different aspect of cancer;

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

Terms & Conditions

For further information or other enquiries, please contact the YACI HSCC team via email at hscc@yaci.org.au.