How does the SACE work?

The SACE is made up of two parts: Stage 1 (which most students do in Year 11) and Stage 2 (which most students do in Year 12). You need to get 200 credits to achieve the SACE, through a mixture of compulsory and free-choice subjects and courses. Your work will be assessed using an 'A to E' grading system in Year 11 and an 'A+ to E–' grading system in Year 12. These systems are supported by rigorous quality assurance processes.

To be awarded the certificate, you will need to achieve a C grade or better for the compulsory Stage 1 subjects — the Personal Learning Plan and English and Mathematics subjects. You will also need to achieve a C– grade or better in 60 credits of Stage 2 subjects and in 10 credits for the Research Project.

The other subjects and courses span a wide range of learning areas: Arts; Business, Enterprise, and Technology; English; Languages; Health and Physical Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics; and Sciences. Flexibilities in the SACE include cross-disciplinary subjects and recognition of community learning.

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