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Students can count up to 90 credits of community learning at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 towards the completion requirements of the SACE.
However, recognition of community learning is not granted against the Personal Learning Plan (at Stage 1), the literacy or numeracy requirements, the Research Project (at Stage 2), or the requirement for 60 credits at C grade or better at Stage 2.
Community learning includes community-directed programs or self-directed programs approved by the SACE Board.
What is a community-developed program?
Organisations such as the Australian Music Examinations Board, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, and the SA Country Fire Service develop and accredit their own programs that are eligible for recognition towards the SACE. Download the following table for a comprehensive list of recognised programs.
Students can apply to the SACE Board for recognition of a community-developed program not on this list.
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What is a self-directed program?
Individual students can participate in activities that are not formally accredited. Examples of this type of learning include:
- creating media productions (e.g. films, websites) outside school
- performing in sport at an elite level or officiating at sporting events
- planning and coordinating community events
- taking a leadership role in community groups
- taking a leadership role in the workplace
- taking responsibility for the care of an older adult or person with a disability
- teaching others specialised skills (e.g. dance).
Students need to submit an application form and attend an interview at their school to have their self-directed community learning recognised as part of their SACE.
Each student will be assessed against the two assessment criteria: knowledge and application, and reflection and critical thinking. The following performance checklists and record of evidence will be used:
If insufficient evidence is provided, students are given the opportunity to provide more evidence at a later date.Back to top