South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

South Australian Certificate of EducationThe South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete Year 11 and Year 12 in a South Australian high school.

The SACE is based on a credit system with students needing a total of 200 credits to be successful. One subject taken per semester (2 terms) is equal to 10 credits, while a year-long subject (4 terms) is equal to 20 credits.

The SACE is divided into Stage 1 and Stage 2 and preceded by a compulsory subject in Year 10:

South Australian Certificate of EducationYear 10

  • Personal Learning Plan                                                                   10 credits

Year 11 (Stage 1)

  • Numeracy (from a range of mathematics subjects/courses)   10 credits
  • Literacy (from a range of English subjects/courses)                  10 credits

Year 12 (Stage 2)

  • The Research Project                                                                       10 credits
  • Other Stage 2 subjects or courses                                                 20 credits

Year 11 or 12 (Stage 1 or 2)

  • Other subjects or courses of the student’s choice            up to 90 credits

TOTAL                                                                                                          200 CREDITS

To successfully achieve their SACE, students must achieve a C grade or higher in these subjects or courses.

Visit the South Australian Certificate of Education website for more information about the SACE.

What is the Personal Learning Plan?

South Australian Certificate of EducationThe Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is usually started in Year 10 and gives students the opportunity to examine their study strengths and weaknesses and options for work, further education and training, and community life.

Completing the PLP assists students with their subject choices for Year 11 and Year 12 so they can successfully plan their Stage 1 and Stage 2 study and identify future pathways.

Visit the South Australian Certificate of Education website for more information about Stage 1 of the SACE and the Personal Learning Plan.

What is the Research Project?

The Research Project is a Stage 2 subject which is started and completed in Year 12. It gives students an opportunity to undertake in-depth research about a topic of their choice where they will utilise their creativity and initiative and develop skills in research and presentation that they can use in the future.

Visit the South Australian Certificate of Education website for more information about Stage 2 of the SACE and the Research Project.

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