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The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is awarded to students who successfully complete their senior secondary education.

To gain the SACE, students mostly complete two years of full-time senior study, which is usually spread over three years.

The two stages to the SACE

  • Stage 1, which usually begins in Year 10 with the Personal Learning Plan, and continues throughout Year 11
  • Stage 2, which is usually undertaken in Year 12

Each subject or course that is successfully completed earns 'credits' towards the SACE. Students receive a final grade from A to E for each Stage 1 subject and A+ to E– for Stage 2 subjects.

To qualify for the SACE students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 200 credits
  • Achieve a C grade or better in the Stage 1 compulsory requirements
  • Achieve a C- grade or better in the Stage 2 compulsory requirements (at least 70 credits)

The compulsory requirements make up 110 credits. These are:

  • Personal Learning Plan - 10 credits at Stage 1
  • Literacy - at least 20 credits from a range of English subjects (Stage 1 or Stage 2)
  • Numeracy - at least 10 credits from a range of mathematics subjects (Stage 1 or Stage 2)
  • Research Project - 10 credits at Stage 2
  • Other Stage 2 subjects - at least 60 credits from a range of Stage 2 subjects (in addition to the Research Project)

The remaining 90 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or Board-recognised courses of a student's choice (such as vocational education and training or community learning).

These subjects and courses span a wide range of learning areas: Arts; Business, Enterprise, and Technology; English; Languages; Health and Physical Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics; and Sciences.

Keep in mind that 10 credits equate to one semester of study in a subject, and 20 credits equate to a full-year subject.

If you need more help understanding how the SACE works, contact Salisbury East High School’s Pathways Coordinator, Mel McGie, via the contact form or by sending an email to: Mel.McGie68@schools.sa.edu.au 

Alternatively, more information can be found on the SACE website by clicking here.

Information on Vocational Education Training is also available on our website by clicking here

University Entry

To be eligible for selection into a university course students must:

  • Complete the SACE
  • Complete at least 90 credits at Stage 2. Of these 90 credits, at least 70 credits must be from Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS) and the other 20 either from TAS subjects, Recognised Studies, or a mix of the two
  • Comply with rules regarding subject combinations
  • Obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Some university courses require students to complete prerequisite requirements and/or have assumed knowledge.

Applications for university and TAFE courses are handled by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Requirements for entry into a university courses are constantly changing and students studying Year 12 can gain further information via the SATAC website  www.satac.edu.au

The latest SATAC entry guide can also be downloaded by cicking on this link: tertiary entrance booklet

Students graduating from high school have a variety of university options in South Australia. Hundreds of different courses that cater for a wide range of careers are offered at University of South Australia, Flinders University and The University of Adelaide, while interstate universities also offer a multitude of courses.

Created on Friday, 14 August 2020 8:52:42 AM