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The SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education)
The SACE is a qualification awarded to students who successfully complete their senior secondary education.
SACE subjects are denoted as Stage 1 (Year 11) or Stage 2 (Year 12). Successful completion of one semester subject equates to 10 credits towards the SACE. Students receive a grade (from an A to an E) for each subject at Stage 1. Stage 2 grades range from A+ to E-.
To achieve the SACE, a student must complete a minimum of 200 credits. These credits must include:
For further information regarding SACE requirements, please visit the SACE Board website: http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/the-sace/students-families/about-the-sace.
Recognition of Other Learning
In addition to subjects completed at school, students may also be able to earn SACE credits for learning undertaken in the community. Information on community-developed programs or self-directed community learning can be found at http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/subjects/recognised-learning/community-learning/community-learning.
Students may also receive SACE credits for Vocational Education and Training (VET) by completing units of competency towards a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) with a registered training organisation. The VET Recognition Register at the SACE Board website lists the SACE credits available for various qualifications. For more information, go to:
Qualifying for Entrance to University under SACE
To qualify for university entry, a student must successfully complete the SACE and obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). To obtain an ATAR, the credits students achieve as part of their SACE must include 80 Stage 2 credits being:
Some combinations of subjects are not permitted for university entry (“precluded combinations” and “counting restrictions”). Universities also specify required subjects for some of their courses.
Full details of university and TAFE entry requirements for 2012 onwards will be included in the Tertiary Entrance Booklet 2011, 2012, 2013, to be published in July 2011 by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre. Go to the SATAC website for more information www.satac.edu.au.