The SACE is made up of two parts: Stage 1 (which most students do in Year 11) and Stage 2 (which most students do in Year 12).
You need to get 200 credits to achieve the SACE, through a mixture of compulsory and free-choice subjects and courses.
Your work will be assessed using an A to E grading system in Stage 1 and an A+ to E– grading system in Stage 2. These systems are supported by rigorous quality assurance processes.
To be awarded the certificate, you will need to achieve a C grade or better for the compulsory Stage 1 subjects — the Personal Learning Plan and English and mathematics subjects. You will also need to achieve a C– grade or better in 60 credits of Stage 2 subjects and in 10 credits for the Research Project.
The other subjects and courses span a wide range of learning areas: Arts; Business, Enterprise, and Technology; English; Languages; Health and Physical Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics; and Sciences.
Flexibilities in the SACE include cross-disciplinary subjects and recognition of community learning.
For more details about how the SACE works, check out the latest achieve magazine.