SACE Curriculum

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a qualification that demonstrates students have acquired a certain level of knowledge and skills important to their future aspirations. Students are awarded the SACE if they successfully complete requirements that include a range of skills and subjects they may study at school.

Norwood Morialta High School is proud to offer a wide and varied range of subjects for students to choose from when completing their SACE.


The Arts

The Senior Arts Programs at Norwood Morialta High School are stimulating and rigorous, designed to allow students to flourish as they enter a world of great change. Critical thinking, creativity and innovation are developed through the Arts subjects including: Drama; Music; Visual Art; Design and Film. Ideal for students aspiring to work and study in creative fields students are provided with opportunities to work with industry professionals, connect with the arts community, attend workshops, engage in artist in residence programs, public exhibitions, live performances and festivals. Arts skills spill over into academic achievement whilst developing students as creative, critical, well-rounded global citizens of a changing world.


Business, Enterprise & Humanities

In Business and Enterprise subjects, students learn about the successful management of business and enterprise on a local, national, and global scale and learn the practical skills needed to manage their own financial affairs, as well as about the successful management of financial affairs in business. In Workplace Practices students can undertake learning in the VIBE Coffee Bar.

Humanities encompasses the stories of humans, our cultures, our history, our structures, our constructs, populations, our world now, past, present and future etc. Humanities gives you the opportunity to question the certainty of science and maths, allows you to be sceptics and question, question, question!

Senior Campus students come to appreciate the complexity of our world, acquire the capacity to explain decisions, trends, sustainability, insight into resolutions, as well as short and long term consequences within an array of Humanity subjects.


Cross Disciplinary Studies

The Cross-Disciplinary Area at Norwood Morialta High School provides students with the opportunity to engage in authentic project-based tasks in their areas of interest. Interdisciplinary project-based learning is undertaken in areas as diverse as ‘Set Design and Construction’, ‘Event Management’, ‘Social Media and Marketing’ and ‘Sports Studies’. Undertaking projects, collaboration and entrepreneurship means students develop their Critical and Creative thinking and Personal and Social Capabilities. In fact, each of the 7 Capabilities for future readiness are explicitly built into the Cross-Disciplinary topics thereby building student’s capacity to flourish in a changing world.


The chance to read and write is something that everyone should be able to experience. Literature in all forms is everywhere in today’s society, and with this idea, it is clear just how important it is. Whether it is studied in the classroom, read for pleasure or purpose, literature is a central part of many lives. It offers not only a chance to enlighten a person, but it also gives the chance to broaden one’s horizons and perspectives. Students at NMHS will have the opportunity to discover that although literature varies in form and content, it is important and it is a central part of many lives. Senior English at NMHS explores how the purpose of a text is about the interconnected relationship between the author and the audience. Students will have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people and will have opportunities to perfect their communication skills for creative, imaginative and critical purposes.


English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language, whether in mainstream or in the Intensive English course (ISEC), provides opportunities and time to achieve fluency in the English language. Thriving in a new environment, country, homestay and learning a supplementary language, requires persistence and encouragement. Classes focus on social as well as academic aspects and context of language.

Senior Campus Students refine or commence their journey in acquiring English as an additional language. Students examine context and techniques in order to fully immerse themselves into all aspects of study and life.

Health & Physical Education

Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. SACE Physical Education enables students to gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity, and an awareness of the community structures and practices that influence participation in physical activity.

Students explore their own physical capacities and analyse performance, health, and lifestyle issues. Students develop skills in communication, investigation, and the ability to apply knowledge to practical situations.



Learning an additional language at NMHS is central for students to develop as engaged global citizens. Language learning equips students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and intercultural competence to communicate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world. Therefore on the Senior Campus students can continue and further develop their language as part of the SACE.


Norwood Morialta High School provides opportunities for students to develop their passion for mathematics and extra-curricular activities such as Maths Club, Maths Competitions and Activity days. We support all pathways to cater for all students pursuits in mathematics. Senior Maths develops the skills of problem solving, resilience and critical and creative thinking through investigations/folios and develop skills to pursue mathematics at higher levels.



Students on the senior campus have many opportunities to personalise their science learning. Students are able to study from the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Physics and Psychology. Each of these subjects incorporate practical work and assessment with theoretical knowledge. Skills developed in these subjects allow students to pursue further studies in science and STEM related fields.



The Technology subject is divided into 2 distinct groups of subjects: Digital Technologies and Design Technologies.

In Digital Technologies subjects, students create practical, innovative solutions to problems of interest in, for example, business, industry, the environment and the community. Students use computational thinking skills to identify, deconstruct and solve problems. They are encouraged to take ownership of problems and design, code, validate and evaluate their solutions. In doing so, they develop and extend their understanding of programming, including basic constructs involved in coding, array processing and modularisation.

In Design Technologies subjects, students create and develop products or systems in response to a design brief. They learn to use tools, materials and systems safely and competently to complete a product. Students can choose to study Design Technology across 3 different contexts: wood (material products), CAD or Digital Photography (communication products) and/or electronics (systems and control products).