Senior School SACE

The South Australian Certificate of Education
The SACE Board of South Australia is responsible for awarding students with a South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) on completion of senior secondary schooling. “The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is an internationally respected senior secondary education qualification that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities they need to progress to further learning and work as confident and responsible global citizens.” In South Australia, it is the basic requirement for entry to higher education.

The SACE offers a significant range of subjects for study as well as diverse approaches to learning and assessment, especially in the area of recognition of community learning. Students with special learning needs are well-supported through the SACE Board’s Special Provisions Policy.

The compulsory requirements of the SACE have been streamlined and there is a greater emphasis on students actively planning their chosen academic pathway for the senior years, in collaboration with their parents, teachers and community mentors. Students can choose to specialise in certain key areas of interest or to maintain a breadth of subjects in these final years, incorporating some of the more flexible elements such as Vocational Education and Training certificates, a single IB Diploma subject, or university studies, all accredited within the SACE program.

Award Requirements
To be awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education, a student must earn 200 credits from the study of various subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2. A semester of study in a subject is equivalent to 10 credits. Of the minimum 200 credits needed for the award of the SACE, 110 credits are in specified areas of study and students must attain at least a C grade in each of these to be awarded their SACE.

At Stage 1 (Year 11)

  • 10 credits for the Personal Learning Plan (undertaken at Pembroke in Year 10)
  • 20 credits of English (i.e. a full year of study of English)
  • 10 credits of Mathematics (i.e. a semester of Mathematics)

In real terms, Year 11 students at Pembroke will study a maximum of six subjects each semester, giving them 120 credits towards their SACE.

At Stage 2 (Year 12)

  • 60 credits from the study of three full year Stage 2 subjects
  • 10 credits for the Research Project – an in-depth major project of 3500 words. Students at Pembroke usually complete the Research Project in Semester 2 of Year 11.

Students have the opportunity to study five or four Stage 2 subjects (plus the Research Project) to meet the requirements for generating the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), which enables them to apply for University entry.