Getting your SACE
Meeting the requirements
To get the SACE, you need to achieve 200 credits. Generally speaking, one semester of a subject is worth 10 credits.
Compulsory subjects account for 50 credits of your SACE, and in these subjects you must achieve a C grade (or better) at Stage 1, or C- (or better) at Stage 2.
A grade of C- (or better) is also required for 60 credits of your Stage 2 subjects.
Requirements and compulsory subjects
|Year 10||Personal Learning Plan||10|
|Stage 1 or Stage 2|
|Year 11||Literacy (from a range of English subjects and courses)||20|
|Numeracy (from a range of mathematics subjects and courses)||10|
|Year 12||Research Project||10|
|Other Stage 2 subjects and courses||60 |
|Stage 1 or Stage 2|
|Other Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects and courses||up to 90|
*Many students complete subjects or courses worth more than 70 credits at Stage 2, as this can improve outcomes for applications to further study.
Choosing your subjects
Other than the compulsory subjects, you are free to choose all of the subjects in your SACE. However, not every subject is offered at every school, so you will need to check what subjects are available at your school.
SACE subjects worth 10 credits are usually one-semester subjects, while 20-credit subjects usually involve a full year of study.
Apart from studying SACE subjects, you can also get credits by studying in other areas, such as VET or community learning.
The SACE subject planner is a tool used to plan your subjects for the SACE. This is something you may want to complete with your SACE coordinator or teacher and may also be part of your Personal Learning Plan (PLP), usually undertaken in Year 10.
You must be registered and logged in to Students Online to use the subject planner. If you don't have a login for Students Online, speak to your SACE coordinator.
Requirements for further education
When choosing subjects for Year 11 and Year 12, remember to check if your preferred university or further education and training courses have required subjects for entry. It may be best to study Stage 1 of a subject to be successful in the Stage 2 subject the following year.
For more information, see Planning beyond the SACE.
So, what are credits?
one semester of study in a subject
a full-year subject
To complete your SACE,
you need at least 200 credits