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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 SACE is a high quality, internationally recognised pre-university program that opens pathways leading to vocations and careers, further studies and employment. In South Australia, it is the basic requirement for entry to higher education.

Recent changes to the SACE structure have aligned it more closely with the needs of students, families, higher and further education providers, employers and the community. These changes help students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in our modern context and to engage as worthwhile members of their local and global communities. The SACE offers a significant diversity of subjects for study as well as diverse approaches to learning and assessment, especially in the area of recognition of community learning.

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 subjects accredited within the SACE program. Students will consult a variety of primary and secondary sources to collate relevant information related to career pathways and devise a plan that they will revisit and modify over the next two years as they progress through the final phase of their secondary schooling.

Stage One

Compulsory, select one of:

  • English
  • English as an Additional Language

Compulsory, select one of:

  • Essential Mathematics
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods

Compulsory (if not completed in Year 10):

  • Personal Learning Plan

Additional subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Ancient Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Innovation
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Continuers
  • Creative Arts: Film
  • Design, Technology and Engineering
    • Design Engineering & Innovation
    • Graphics & Architecture
  • Digital Technologies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French Continuers
  • Geography
  • German Continuers
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Scientific Studies
  • Spanish Continuers
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts
Stage Two

Compulsory:

  • Research Project

For SACE Completion: select three subjects

For ATAR: select five subjects

  • Accounting
  • Ancient Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Innovation
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Continuers
  • Creative Arts: Film
  • Design, Technology and Engineering
    • Design Engineering & Innovation
    • Game Development
    • Graphics & Architecture
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English Literary Studies
  • English as an Additional Language
  • French Continuers
  • Geography
  • German Continuers
  • Legal Studies
  • Essential Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Music Explorations
  • Music Studies
  • Music Performance: Ensemble (10)
  • Music Performance: Solo (10)
  • Nutrition
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Scientific Studies
  • Spanish Continuers
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts
  • Workplace Practices

Note

All these subjects have TAS (Tertiary Admission Subject) status