Interstate, overseas, and adult students
Interstate and overseas students
Students can gain a maximum of 130 credits for an interstate or overseas qualification, of which up to 20 credits can be recognised at Stage 2.
Students who have successfully completed a full Australian or overseas senior secondary program that is considered the equivalent of Stage 1 will be granted up to 110 credits at Stage 1 (70 credits, plus 20 credits for meeting the literacy requirement, 10 credits for meeting the numeracy requirement, and 10 credits for the Personal Learning Plan). Such 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.
Students who enrol during Year 11 (Stage 1) may apply for some credits at Stage 1. The equivalent of one semester of Stage 1 study will be granted a maximum of 50 credits. Students who enrol at the start of, or during, Semester 1 are required to complete the Personal Learning Plan and demonstrate that they have met the literacy and numeracy requirements.
Students with interstate or overseas qualifications (including the International Baccalaureate Diploma), who begin their Stage 1 studies in Semester 2, or who undertake Stage 2 only, will be granted recognition against the Personal Learning Plan.
Students who have partially completed Year 12 senior secondary school certificates from other states (e.g. the Victorian Certificate of Education, the Tasmanian Certificate of Education, or the New South Wales Higher School Certificate) may apply for credits at Stage 2; however, scores cannot be credited. If a Year 12 subject has been successfully completed, recognition will be granted towards SACE completion and an equivalent score will be calculated for tertiary admission purposes. Up to 20 credits can be recognised at Stage 2.
Recognition will not be granted for Stage 2 Research Project or for the compulsory 60 credits at Stage 2.
- Literacy and numeracy requirements
- Other recognised learning
- Personal Learning Plan
- Accreditation, Recognition and Certification Policy in the SACE Board of South Australia SACE Policy Framework [DOC 147KB]
- Adult Students and Students with Interstate or Overseas Qualifications Policy Update [PDF 1MB]
SACE International is an internationally recognised pre-university program.
It provides an opportunity for students to study in their own country and build on their local pre-matriculation studies.
Students who successfully complete the SACE International are awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), a certificate that is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The SACE Board also has provisions to recognise the learning of adult re-entry students.
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.
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 are also required to 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 C–.