South Australian Certificate of Education 2017
The SACE Board of South Australia is an independent statutory authority of the South Australian Government. It is responsible for the accreditation of subjects, the recognition of learning and the assessment of student learning that contribute to meeting the completion requirements of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
As an independent statutory authority established by the SACE Board of South Australia Act 1983, the SACE Board of South Australia provides the SACE to schools in the government, independent and Catholic sectors in South Australia. It also assesses the achievement of students in the Northern Territory and at centres across Asia. In addition to working collaboratively with the three schooling sectors and a wide range of stakeholders, the Board also works closely with the Training and Skills Commission and the training sector in South Australia.
The SACE Board of South Australia is served by eleven board members. The office of the SACE Board has a full-time staff of approximately 110, who work in partnership with schools to implement the Board’s curriculum and assessment policies. More than 3600 people are also employed at various times of the year to assist the SACE Board with its work related to quality, assurance, moderation and marking.
The Minister for Education and Child Development is responsible for the SACE Board of South Australia.
Requirements of SACE
There are two stages of the SACE:
- Stage 1, which usually begins in Year 10 with the Personal Learning Plan, and continues through Year 11.
- Stage 2, which is usually undertaken in Year 12.
Each subject or course that is successfully completed earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE. Students receive a final grade from A to E for each Stage 1 subject and a final grade from A+ to E- for each Stage 2 subject.
To qualify for the SACE students must:
- complete a minimum of 200 credits
- achieve a C grade or better in the Stage 1 compulsory requirements
- achieve a C- grade or better in the Stage 2 compulsory requirements.
The compulsory requirements are:
- Personal Learning Plan- 10 credits at Stage 1
- literacy- at least 20 credits from a range of English subjects (Stage 1 or Stage 2)
- numeracy- at least 10 credits from a range of mathematics subjects (Stage 1 or Stage 2)
- Research Project- 10 credits at Stage 2
- other Stage 2 subjects- at least 60 credits from a range of Stage 2 subjects.
The remaining 90 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or Board-recognised courses of a student’s choice (such as vocational education and training (VET) or community learning).
For more information on starting the SACE, click here.