The Higher Secondary School Certificate, also known as HSSC, is a public examination taken by students of Intermediate college Junior college in Pakistan, after finishing Matriculation in grade 9 and 10, the students 16 to 18 years in grade 11 and 12 take the Higher Secondary examination. The Higher Secondary Certificate is subdivided in Science and non-Science programs. The students concentrating in Science programs are awarded Faculty in Science (F.Sc.) in which the students choose their Pre-Engineering, Pre-medical and Computer Science (referred as General Science) Programs, respectively. The major subjects which are taken in science are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics English and Computer Science while others are awarded Faculty in Arts (F.A.) certificate.
The Students concentrating on business subjects are awarded Intermediate in Commerce (Icom) and the Students concentrating on engineering subjects are awarded Diploma in Associate Engineering (DAE) in which the students choose their Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Programs, respectively.