Understanding the SACE
The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is an internationally respected senior secondary education qualification that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities they need to progress to further learning and work as confident and responsible global citizens.
The SACE is a 2-year qualification that is typically studied in the final 2 years of schooling. The SACE offers subjects and courses at two levels, Stage 1 (usually the second-to-last year of secondary schooling) and Stage 2 (usually the last year of secondary schooling). Students must achieve a minimum of 200 credits to complete the SACE. A year-long study of a subject is typically awarded 20 credits. Students gain credits by studying the SACE Board's subjects ('SACE subjects'), and/or by studying courses accredited by other educational institutions, which the Board recognises ('Recognised courses').
The Board awards the SACE to students who successfully complete the requirements of the certificate.
The Board offers over 60 subjects and recognises a variety of courses including equivalent senior secondary education qualifications from across the world, university studies, vocational education and training qualifications, and community learning programs.
In addition, the Board offers 11 modified subjects that allow students with identified intellectual disabilities to demonstrate their learning through a range of learning experiences.
Students must achieve a minimum of 200 credits to complete the SACE. These credits comprise compulsory elements (awarded a total of 110 credits) and non-compulsory elements (awarded a total of 90 credits).
To be eligible to receive the SACE, students must achieve at least the equivalent of 'satisfactory achievement'* for all of the following:
- literacy requirement — at least 20 credits from a range of Stage 1 or Stage 2 English subjects
- numeracy requirement — at least 10 credits from a range of Stage 1 or Stage 2 Mathematics subjects
- Personal Learning Plan — 10 credits at Stage 1
- Research Project — 10 credits at Stage 2
- SACE subjects and/or courses that the Board recognises — at least 60 credits at Stage 2.
The remaining 90 credits can be achieved through additional SACE subjects and/or Recognised courses, gained at Stage 1 or Stage 2.
Students must demonstrate:
- a level of achievement (i.e. a grade between A and E) in SACE subjects, and/or
- the equivalent of 'satisfactory achievement'* in Recognised courses.
* 'Satisfactory achievement' is defined as: a C grade or better at Stage 1, a C– or better at Stage 2, 'granted' for Recognised courses, and 'completed' for modified subjects.
South Australian Certificate of Education and Record of Achievement
The South Australian Certificate of Education is a parchment that certifies that the student has fulfilled all of the requirements of the SACE and has been awarded the qualification.
- student's name,
- SACE registration number,
- date of issue, and
- is signed by the Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia.
The Record of Achievement is an official transcript of a student's Stage 1 and Stage 2 results for SACE subjects and recognised courses.
A transcript is provided to all students who receive a result for at least one Stage 2 SACE subject, or who have been granted SACE credits for recognised courses.
- student's name,
- SACE registration number,
- date of issue,
- year in which the subjects or courses were assessed,
- results (signified by 'granted', 'completed', or a grade) for each subject or course, and
- number of credits ('credit value') gained for each subject or course.
|Sample SACE |
Record of Achievement
|Sample South Australian |
Certificate of Education
|Issued to students who have a |
Stage 2 SACE result from 2017
|Issued to students who have completed |
all requirements of the SACE
Completing the SACE using modified subjects
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Certificate of Education [PDF 161KB]
|Record of Achievement [PDF 224KB]|
Students who have identified intellectual disabilities are able to study 11 modified subjects that are designed to allow them to demonstrate their learning in a range of challenging and achievable learning experiences. The modified subjects include options that allow students to complete the compulsory elements of the SACE, such as literacy and numeracy requirements, a Personal Learning Plan, and a Research Project. All of the modified subjects focus on students developing their personal learning goals and developing their capabilities for social living and work.
Students who complete the requirements of the certificate using modified subjects are awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education, which carries the following note: 'This student has fulfilled the requirements of this qualification using modified subjects'.
Students who complete at least one Stage 2 modified subject, or who have been granted SACE credits for Recognised courses, receive a Record of Achievement, which carries the following note: 'For further information on the SACE and its requirements, go to www.sace.sa.edu.au/roa'.