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Planning beyond SACE

Studying the SACE sets you up for the next step after school — whether you choose further education, training, or work.

From SACE to university

Your SACE results are closely linked to any plans you have to attend university, whether in South Australia, elsewhere in Australia or overseas.

If you’ve registered for a university ranking, you’ll receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) with the final results you receive in the post and at Students Online at the end of Stage 2. It’s included on the Tertiary Entrance Statement you’ll receive if you registered with SATAC.

Your application for university and TAFE courses are handled by SATAC.

The SATAC website and individual university websites explain how you can register for an ATAR and what you’ll need to study specific courses.

At WorkReady, you can find out about preparing for and registering for TAFE and other VET courses after school.

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Tertiary Admissions Subjects

A Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS) is a SACE Stage 2 subject that has been approved by the universities and TAFE SA as providing suitable preparation for tertiary studies.

Most SACE subjects are recognised Tertiary Admissions Subjects, but there are some that aren’t recognised, and so can’t be used towards your ATAR:

Your teachers or careers counsellor can help you decide which subjects you should study to be eligible for further study, or check the SATAC website.

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TAFE admission requirements

SACE completion meets the course admission requirements for most TAFE SA courses, but there are some additional requirements for entry into particular qualification levels.

Information about specific admission requirements for each TAFE course is available on the TAFE SA website.

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TAFE SA Selection Score

The TAFE SA Selection Score is a number between 0 and 60 that’s used by TAFE SA to select students for entry into competitive courses. 

If you’ve registered to receive a TAFE SA Selection Score it will be reported on your Tertiary Entrance Statement.

Your teachers and careers counsellor can help you decide what you’ll need to study to be ready for VET courses.

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Subject combinations

Some SACE subjects are considered to be similar enough, or overlap in enough content, that you’re not able to count more than one of them toward your SACE.

These subject combinations are called ‘precluded combinations’.

You can find out more at Stage 2 Subject Preclusions (information sheet 56). Please speak to your school’s SACE Coordinator if you are unsure about your subject combinations.

Universities and TAFE may also limit how many credits from one learning area can count towards the ATAR. This is to encourage students to study a broad range of subjects.

If you’re considering further study interstate or overseas, you should find out whether there are certain subjects you’ll need to gain entry. For example, some universities insist on students having completed an English subject at Stage 2.

Your teachers and careers counsellor can help you plan your subjects to ensure you meet university or VET entry criteria.

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Apprenticeships, traineeships and other pathways

Many students who gain the SACE include some form of vocational education and training (VET) in their studies. This is just one way that the SACE gives you valuable insight into the various pathways available after school.

  • Australian Apprenticeships — a Federal Government website that explains the Australian Apprenticeship system.
  • Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) — the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students.
  • Business SA — South Australia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • WorkReady — a one-stop shop for skills and training resources in South Australia.
  • — a database of vocational education and training opportunities in Australia.
  • National Innovation and Science Agenda — a number of programmes to help start and run a business, building enterprise skills and developing innovative ideas.
  • Job Search — a range of programmes and support for job seekers.
  • Volunteering SA — community and volunteer work is a great way to experience new challenges and learn about the world of work.
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