striving for excellence, aiming for personal best.
understanding, celebrating and respecting cultural and linguistic differences.
consideration for the rights and beliefs of others and valuing oneself.
To gain the SACE, students complete about two years of full-time study which most students spread over three years.
There are two stages to the SACE:
Stage 1, which most students do in Year 11, apart from the Personal Learning Plan, which most students are likely to complete in Year 10.
Stage 2, which most students complete in Year 12.
Each subject or course successfully completed earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE. At least 200 credits are required for students to gain the certificate. Ten credits are equal to one semester, or two terms of study in a subject, and 20 credits are equal to a full-year subject. Students will receive a grade for each subject from A to E (A+ to E- at Stage 1). For compulsory subjects, they will need to achieve a ‘C’ grade or better.
The compulsory subjects are:
- Personal Learning Plan (10 credits)
- Literacy – at least 20 credits from a range of English subjects or courses (Stage 1)
- Numeracy – at least 10 credits from a range of mathematics subjects or courses (Stage 1)
- Research Project – an in-depth major project (10 credits at Stage 2 )
- Other Stage 2 subjects totalling at least 60 credits.
The remaining 90 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or SACE Board-recognised courses of a student’s choice.
Year 10 – Personal Learning Plan
This compulsory subject is the first step in the SACE and is usually undertaken in Year 10.
In the Personal Learning Plan, students explore subject choices for Years 11 and 12 and look at career options. To prepare for these goals, students also look at their strengths and areas in which they need to improve.
As this is a compulsory subject, students will need to achieve a ‘C’ grade or better.
Year 11 – SACE Stage 1
Year 11 is the first full year of SACE study.
Students are able to choose from the range of SACE Stage 1 subjects offered by the school.
In addition to the Personal Learning Plan, there are two other compulsory requirements to complete in Stage 1 - a full year of English subjects and a semester of maths. Students can choose from a range of these subjects offered. Again, as these subjects are compulsory, students need to achieve a C grade or better.
Stage 1 subjects are 100 per cent assessed by teachers at the school and quality assured by external processes.
Stage 2 from 2012
Students will have a choice of subjects.
Teachers at each student’s school will mark 70 per cent of work, while the remaining 30 per cent will be assessed externally.
The only compulsory subject in Stage 2 is the Research Project. This is a one semester (or 10 credit) subject which everyone has to complete. As with all compulsory subjects, students will need to achieve a ‘C’ grade or better.
The Research Project will allow students to explore something in which they are deeply interested – it could be a scientific study, an art project, a community-based project, an historical investigation, or any number of other options.
In Year 12, most students will do four, full-year subjects in addition to the Research Project.
Students interested in applying for university or TAFE entry will need to meet certain requirements.
University and TAFE Entry
Gaining the SACE, or an interstate or overseas equivalent, is essential for university entry.
For TAFE entry, the SACE meets the minimum requirements for entry into most courses.
This section summarises the requirements for university and TAFE entry inSouth Australia, from 2012 onwards.
University entry requirements are changing constantly. For students studying Year 12 in 2012, go to www.satac.edu.au for details of entry requirements.
This is the website of the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre, and there you can download the SATAC tertiary entrance booklet for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
For students planning to apply for university entry in 2012, here is a summary of the requirements.
Students studying for the SACE and applying for university entry in 2012 and beyond must:
- complete the SACE
- complete at least 80 credits of SACE Stage 2, of which 60 credits must be from 20-credit Tertiary Admission Subjects
- complete the prerequisites if required
- obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
Applications for university and TAFE courses are handled by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Tertiary Admission Subjects
For tertiary entry from 2012 onwards, Higher Education Selection Subjects (HESS) will be replaced by Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS).
A Tertiary Admission Subject (TAS) is a SACE Stage 2 subject which is recognised by the universities as providing appropriate preparation for tertiary studies. The universities require students to study a minimum number of credits of TAS to be eligible to receive a selection score or rank.
While most subjects in the SACE are recognised as TAS, there are some that won’t be recognised by the universities for the purposes of calculating your ATAR. These non-TAS subjects include Community Studies, modified subjects (for students with severe disabilities) and the version of the Research Project subject which doesn’t include a common written assessment.
All results for SACE subjects contributing to a student’s ATAR will continue to be scaled.
Scaling is a process which converts students’ subject scores into tertiary admission points in each of their SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) subjects. This means that when different subjects are used to calculate an ATAR, the ATARs produced are comparable from student to student, regardless of the subjects they have studied. SATAC has more information on scaling.
More information about University and tafe entrance requirements is included in the Stage 2
Subject Handbook pages 150-154.
VET in the SACE
From 2012, the recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE will enable students to include more vocational education and training (VET) in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 180 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.
These recognition arrangements help students to build coherent pathways in the SACE through VET, and encourage students to complete, or make significant progress towards completing, VET qualifications while completing the SACE.
Stage 1 and 2
All VET qualifications or units of competency that make up a qualification, in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) can contribute to the completion requirements of the SACE.
The SACE Board determines the SACE stage at which qualifications will be granted recognition in the SACE. For details of how specific VET qualifications can earn SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, refer to the VET Recognition Register.
Students can use a maximum of two qualifications at Certificate I level to gain credits towards the completion of the SACE. There is no limit to the number of qualifications at Certificate II level or higher that students can use to gain credits towards the completion of the SACE.
All VET qualifications or units of competency that are listed on the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website can contribute to a student's completion of the SACE. The SACE Board assigns to each of these qualifications a SACE level (Stage 1 and/or Stage 2) at which SACE credits will be earned for SACE purposes.
The VET Recognition Register is published by the SACE Board and is derived from the VET qualifications listed on the NTIS website.
The VET Recognition Register shows, for each qualification, the:
- maximum and minimum number of SACE credits that students can earn by completing the qualification
SACE stage(s) at which SACE credits earned for the qualification will be recognised for SACE purposes.
Students who complete the SACE in 2012 and subsequent years will gain:
- 10 SACE credits at Stage 1 level for every 50 nominal hours of VET successfully completed before 1 January 2012 (and reported to the student by the SACE Board)
- 10 SACE credits at Stage 1 or Stage 2 level (depending on the level assigned to the qualification on the VET Recognition Register) for 70 nominal hours of VET successfully completed for a particular qualification after 1 January 2012 (and reported to the student by the SACE Board).
For comprehensive information about the SACE requirements we recommend that you visit the SACE Board website www.sace.sa.edu.au and follow the following links