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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.
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.
The compulsory requirements make up 110 credits. These are:
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.
To be eligible for selection into a university course students must:
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.