The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a certificate for students in the final years of secondary school. The completion of all requirements for the SACE is necessary for entry into tertiary study.
Students in Year 11 will generally study most of their Stage 1 subjects, and those in Year 12 generally take Stage 2 subjects. However, some variations may be allowed, subject to School policy.
To qualify for SACE students must attain 200 credit points (10 points being the equivalent of one semester in a particular subject).
This 200 points will be made up of the following compulsory elements:
- Personal Learning Plan in Year 10 (10 points)
- English/ESL at Stage 1 (20 points)
- Mathematics at Stage 1 (10 points)
- Research Project at Stage 1 or 2 (10 points)
- Completion of subjects and courses at Stage 2 (80 points)
- Completion of an additional range of subjects and/or courses at Stage 1 or 2 (70 points).
Capabilities, Skills and Knowledge
The core of the SACE is a focus on the following essential skills and knowledge (Capabilities). These are:
- Understanding of social and political issues
- Personal skills
- Practical attributes
- Application of knowledge.
- Stage 1 of the SACE will be assessed by teachers using an A to E scale
- Stage 2 of the SACE will be assessed on the basis of 30% external (outside the school) assessment and 70% moderated teacher assessment for all subjects
- An A+ to E- scale will be used to report student results
Tertiary Entrance Requirements
- All student results and marks will continue to be provided for calculation of the ATAR
- The universities and TAFE will continue to set their entrance requirements
Further information can be found on the SACE website: www.sace.sa.edu.au