Stage 1 and Stage 2 explained

Year 10 students start the SACE with the Personal Learning Plan (PLP). The PLP is a 10-credit Stage 1 subject and all students need to achieve a C grade or better in this subject to get their SACE. Studying the PLP gives you a good foundation for your Year 11 and Year 12 studies, and can help in your subject selection.

A full year of SACE study starts in Year 11 at Stage 1. You can choose from a range of Stage 1 subjects offered at your school, as well as vocational education and training (VET) courses and other options. In Stage 1, all of your assessment tasks (reports, presentations, etc.) will be marked by teachers at your school.

There are two compulsory requirements for the SACE that students usually complete at Stage 1 — a full year of an English subject and at least a semester of a mathematics subject. You need to get a C grade or better in both.

Your assessments in these two areas are marked by your teachers and checked by external moderators to ensure that marking is consistent across all schools.

In Stage 2, you choose your subjects and courses from those offered at your school.

Assessment for Stage 2 is divided into two parts:

  • Internal — 70% of your assessment tasks (reports, tests, presentations, etc.) will be marked by teachers at your school and checked by external moderators. This ensures that marking is consistent across all schools.
  • External — the remaining 30% will be assessed outside your school. These assessments take the form of examinations, performances, or investigations.

There is one compulsory subject in Year 12 — the Research Project. It is a one-semester (10-credit) subject that gives you the chance to do in-depth research on a topic of your choice.