Adult qualification and learning experiences

An adult student is a student who is at least 18 years old by 1 January of his or her final year of Stage 2 study and who has left school for at least one continuous year.

Adult students who complete their SACE will be awarded a maximum of 110 credits at Stage 1, which includes the compulsory Personal Learning Plan.

To gain the maximum number of credits, adult students are required to demonstrate that they have met the literacy and numeracy requirements from the range of options described in the SACE Accreditation, Recognition, and Certification Policy in the SACE Board of South Australia SACE Policy Framework.

Alternatively adult students can demonstrate that they have completed the literacy and/or numeracy requirements using folio(s) of evidence derived from a range of sources verified by the principal.

Adult students are granted 70 credits, plus 20 credits for demonstrating that they have met the literacy requirement, 10 credits for demonstrating that they have met the numeracy requirement, and 10 credits for the Personal Learning Plan.

To complete the SACE, adult students must also gain:

  • 10 credits by achieving a C* grade or better in Stage 2 Research Project
  • 60 credits by achieving a C* grade or better in Stage 2 Board-accredited subjects, or the equivalent of at least satisfactory achievement in Board-recognised vocational education and training courses
  • 20 credits by achieving an E grade or better in other Board-accredited subjects, or the equivalent of at least satisfactory achievement in other Board-recognised courses, at Stage 1 or Stage 2.

*At Stage 2 a C grade is defined as C, C+, or Cā€“.

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