Self-directed programs

Please note: Recognition is not granted against the Personal Learning Plan (at Stage 1), the literacy or numeracy requirements, the Research Project (at Stage 2), or the requirement for 60 credits at C grade or better at Stage 2.

Credit for self-directed community learning may be gained through learning experiences that do not follow a formal, accredited curriculum.

Individual students may participate in a range of programs or sets of activities that are not formally accredited. Examples of this type of learning include:

  • creating media productions (e.g. films, websites) outside school
  • officiating at a series of sporting events
  • performing in sport at an elite level
  • planning and coordinating community or recreational events
  • taking a leadership role in community landcare or conservation groups
  • taking a leadership role in community theatrical productions
  • taking a leadership role in volunteer organisations
  • taking a leadership role in the workplace
  • taking responsibility for the care of an older adult or person with a disability
  • teaching others specialised skills (e.g. dance).

The process for students to have their self-directed community learning considered for recognition as part of their SACE involves the student submitting an application form to their school and attending an interview (at the school).

At the interview the student provides evidence of his or her learning to a community learning assessor(s). The student is assessed against the two assessment criteria: knowledge and application, and reflection and critical thinking. The community learning assessor(s) will make notes, record the interview electronically, and make a written record of evidence. The assessment judgments about the evidence are made using the assessment criteria, and the following performance checklists and Record of Evidence form:

To meet the requirements for satisfactory achievement, the student must provide evidence that addresses the nature, scope, and level of complexity of their community learning.

If insufficient evidence is provided, the student should be given the opportunity to provide more evidence at a later date.

Students who are applying for credits at Stage 1 may be interviewed by a school-based assessor; however, schools may also request a SACE Board assessor to undertake the interview.

Students who are applying for Stage 2 credits, or a combination of credits at Stage 1 and Stage 2, will be interviewed by both a SACE Board-trained school-based assessor and a SACE Board assessor.

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