Subject renewal

Principles and process

The SACE Board regularly renews its accredited subjects to ensure that students have access to a relevant, contemporary, high quality senior secondary education.

The curriculum renewal process is guided by the following set of principles:

  • quality learning
  • engagement
  • innovation
  • quality assessment
  • manageability.

How does subject renewal work?

1. Reference groups

A reference group comprising subject and industry experts — from both school and tertiary sectors  and SACE officers, oversee the drafting process.

2. Writers

Writers are selected from the reference group, and provide drafts to the group at key delivery points.

3. Focus group

Subject-specific practising teachers  representative of sector, metropolitan and country regions — provide feedback to the writers on the draft subject outline.

4. Consultation

Feedback on the completed draft subject outline is sought from the community via an online survey.

5. Improvement

Consultation feedback is analysed and improvements are made to the draft subject outline.

6. Accreditation

The draft subject outline is presented to the SACE Board for accreditation. Subjects are usually accredited by the Board in May or June of each year, and taught at Stage 1 in the following year.

 

Tertiary admissions subjects and SATAC

The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) is responsible for coordinating with South Australian and Northern Territory tertiary institutions about how subjects are considered for tertiary entrance.

During the subject renewal process SATAC works closely with the SACE Board to provide advice to schools, as quickly as possible, about the tertiary entrance status of new and renewed subjects, including:

  • whether the subject(s) are classified as Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS)
  • whether the subject(s) form precluded combinations, or are part of counting restrictions with other SACE/NTCET subjects, past and present
  • how the subject(s) are likely to be viewed in terms of prerequisites and assumed knowledge for tertiary entry.

This information was previously provided in SATAC’s Tertiary Entrance Booklet, which was published and distributed to schools once a year. From 2017, the Tertiary Entrance Booklet will be available online at SATAC website, and information about the tertiary entrance status of new and renewed subjects will be updated as information becomes available.

SATAC will notify schools of any changes to the tertiary entrance status of subjects by bulletin.

Refer to the SATAC website for the most up-to-date information.

Subjects available for consultation

There are currently no consultations. 

Subjects for teaching in 2018

The following redeveloped subjects will be taught for the first time in 2018:

Stage 1

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Integrated Learning
  • Music

Stage 2

Subjects for teaching in 2019

The following redeveloped subjects will be taught for the first time in 2019:

Stage 1

Scientific Studies (pending Board approval)

Stage 2

  • Digital Technologies
  • Music Studies
  • Music Explorations
  • Music Performance — Ensemble
  • Music Performance — Solo
  • Scientific Studies (pending Board approval)

Future subject renewals

Work has begun on the renewal of the following Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects:

Digital Technologies

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Digital Technologies were available for online consultation from 6 September–10 October 2016.
  • The Digital Technologies subject outline was accredited by the Board in November 2016.
  • Stage 1 implementation workshops were held in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 Digital Technologies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.
  • Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 2 Digital Technologies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Music subjects

  • Draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Music were available for consultation until 5 May 2017.
  • The Music subject outline was accredited by the Board in June 2017.
  • Stage 1 implementation workshops were held in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 Music is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2018.
  • Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled for Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 2 Music is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Physical Education

Consultation on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Physical Education subject outlines closed on 5 May 2017. The SACE Board thanks schools for their valuable feedback, which is critical in reshaping and preparing the subject outlines for accreditation. Consideration of this feedback is currently underway and may result in changes to implementation dates. We will keep schools informed of progress through this web page and other SACE communications.

Aboriginal Studies

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies were available for consultation from 15 May to 23 June 2017.
  • The Aboriginal Studies subject outlined was accredited by the Board in August 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 implementation workshops were offered in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies will be taught for the first time in 2018.

Integrated Learning

  • Draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Integrated Learning were available for consultation from 8 May to 19 June 2017.
  • The Integrated Learning subject outline was accredited by the Board in July 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 implementation workshops were offered in Term 3, 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Integrated Learning will be taught for the first time in 2018.

Scientific Studies

  • The draft subject outlines for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Scientific Studies were available for consultation from 21 August 2017 to 29 September 2017.
  • Accreditation of Scientific Studies is planned for November 2017.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 implementation workshops are scheduled to be offered in Term 2, 2018.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Scientific Studies is scheduled to be taught for the first time in 2019.

Business and Enterprise, Accounting, Economics, Australian Languages

  • Work is under way on the renewal of these subjects.

More information

Contact

Kate Cooper
Manager, Learning and Assessment Design
+61 8 8372 7598
kate.cooper@sa.gov.au