The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is awarded to students who have successfully completed their senior secondary schooling in the state of South Australia.
To get the SACE, students must gain 200 credits from a range of subjects that they take, usually over two years. 20 credits is equal to a full year subject, while 10 credits is equal to a semester long subject. There are two stages: Stage 1, which most students do in Year 11, and Stage 2, which most students do in Year 12.
Stage 1 subjects are fully school-assessed. This means that the teacher designs tasks and assesses student work according to SACE Board guidelines and performance standards. Stage 2 subjects comprise a mix of school (70%) and external assessment (30%).
Completion of the SACE is a general requirement to get into universities and colleges of technical and further education (TAFE colleges) in South Australia, nationally and internationally. The certificate also provides many study options for students who want to follow a different pathway into the workforce, such as undertaking apprenticeships while still at school.
SACE results are scaled and then used to calculate a University Aggregate, which is out of 90. This is then converted into an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), previously a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) which universities within Australia use to select students who will be offered places in particular courses.
SACE results are announced in December each year. Governor of South Australia Commendations are awarded to people who receive merits in 90 Stage 2 credits (including Research Project) or achieved an A in 70 or more credits and displayed “Excellence in the development of one or more SACE capabilities”. Merits are awarded to students who receive an A+, and have displayed “exceptional achievement” (less than 2% of students taking a subject) in individual subjects in their Stage 2 SACE results. Prizes are awarded to the top student in certain subjects, including:
- Music (Don Maynard Music Prize)
- Physics (The Bronze Bragg Medal)
- Chemistry (The Way College Prize)
- Biology (The Hardwicke College Prize) and
- English Studies (The Tennyson Medal)
Did you know? Adelaide is a small city, but did you know it only takes 20 minutes to get to any point in the city? Nicknamed the 20-minute city. Adelaide is not only the capital of South Australia but is also the opal capital of Australia. Adelaide has many nicknames, including the city of churches. Take a look around the city, you’ll see a church on every corner!