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As part of their SACE, students can complete vocational education and training (VET) that is within the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework). The SACE Board's recognition arrangements enable students to build meaningful pathways in the SACE through VET.

The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE include recognition of:

  • completed qualifications
  • partly completed qualifications (for which a student has completed one or more units of competency).

The SACE Board recognises VET that:

  • is listed on the training.gov.au website
  • is delivered and assessed by, or under the auspices of, registered training organisations (RTOs), which are registered to deliver and/or assess the VET qualification
  • is delivered and assessed in accordance with the VET Quality Framework
  • can be certified on a transcript, statement of attainment, or qualification issued by an RTO.

The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.

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School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The training you do as part of your School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) can also count towards your SACE.

An SBAT gives you the unique opportunity to combine VET training, with an employment contract whilst still completing your SACE.

SBATS are generally highly valued by employers and are a valid pathway for students to transition from school to employment, further training or higher education.

SBATS are not just available in the traditional trade pathways, such as Plumbing, Automotive, Hair and Beauty, Building and Construction for example, but can be undertaken in areas such as Business and Administration, Sport and Recreation, Dental Assistance just to name a few.

For more information have a conversation with your School's VET coordinator.

If you have not yet completed your SACE, but you are currently undertaking or have completed an apprenticeship or traineeship, please contact the SACE Board askSACE@sa.gov.au or +61 8 8115 4712 as you may be eligible to achieve additional SACE credits.

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VET for tertiary entrance

VET can count towards tertiary entrance for university and TAFE.

The three South Australian universities, TAFE SA, and Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory) have determined that Recognised Studies may contribute to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).

For completed VET qualifications to count as Recognised Studies, they must be:

  • Certificate III level (or higher) in the AQF (Australian Quality Framework)
  • recognised in the SACE at Stage 2 for at least 10 credits.

Recognised Studies, including VET, can only count to a maximum of 20 credits in an ATAR. Students also need to satisfy all other university entrance criteria.

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Current students - FAQs

I am currently in Year 10 and have been offered a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship (SBAT). I would like to complete this as part of my SACE, but will I still be eligible for an ATAR?

Generally a student undertaking and signing up to a SBAT is doing that as a pathway to a particular occupation, and will not necessarily be choosing a university pathway.

However, to be eligible for an ATAR you can use VET as Recognised Studies, which may contribute to an ATAR.

For your SBAT to count towards your ATAR, you must ensure:

  • the VET qualification is a Certificate III (or higher)
  • the qualification is recognised at Stage 2
  • you will have completed the full qualification before the Semester 2 VET results submission deadline.

I have already submitted supporting documentation of my VET qualification to the SACE Board. Why has SATAC asked me to submit this again?

The SACE Board of South Australia and SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre) are separate entities.

The SACE Board administers the South Australian Certificate of Education, and SATAC processes applications for tertiary education in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

You may need to provide supporting documentation to both institutions.

I am a year 12 student and I am doing a School Based Traineeship as well as doing my SACE. I will have fulfilled all the SACE requirements, but will still have 3 months left of my traineeship by the end of the year. Will I still get my SACE?

If you already have the SACE requirements and the appropriate amount of credits without the completing your Traineeship, then you will receive your SACE certification at the end of the year. However, if the completion of your Traineeship is necessary to get sufficient credits to complete your SACE, then as soon as you have completed your traineeship, you can submit the evidence of completion to the SACE Board and this can then be added to your SACE results, and if it completes all the requirements, you can achieve your SACE certification.

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Past students - FAQs

I left school without completing my SACE. I have done some VET training since then; can I use this for my SACE?

If you can present verifiable evidence of the results and that the results contribute to a VET qualification, you can have this VET added to your SACE results. If this then completes your SACE requirements, you can then achieve your SACE Certification. Please contact askSACE@sa.gov.au or +61 8 8115 4712.

I completed my SACE in previous years, but did not get an ATAR calculated. I have since completed a Certificate III qualification; can this be included in an ATAR calculation?

If you have completed a Certificate III qualification since finishing school, and you have not already had an ATAR calculated, you may be eligible to have an ATAR calculated. For more details, please contact askSACE@sa.gov.au or +61 8 8115 4712.

I left school to finish my apprenticeship without completing my SACE. I have now completed my apprenticeship, can I use this to get my SACE?

If you can present verifiable evidence of your results and the results contribute to a VET qualification, you can have this added to your SACE results, even though you have left school. If this then completes your SACE requirements, you can achieve your SACE Certification. Please contact askSACE@sa.gov.au or or +61 8 8115 4712.

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