SACE – Years 11 & 12

THE SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) OVERVIEW

The curriculum for students in Year 11 and Year 12 is underpinned by the SACE. The SACE prepares young people for work, life and learning in a changing world by building essential skills, knowledge and understanding that supports them in achieving their life and career goals.


The SACE provides considerable flexibility for young people and helps them to build on their learning throughout their school life as well as preparing them for life beyond secondary school - whatever path they may choose to take.

The SACE comprises two stages or year levels.

Stage One SACE – studied by Year 11 students
Stage Two SACE – studied by Year 12 students

Requirements of the SACE:

Each subject or course successfully completed earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE, with a minimum of 200 credit points required for students to gain the certificate. Students will receive a grade, from A to E, for each subject. For compulsory subjects, students must achieve a C grade or better. As a general guide, 10 credits usually equates to a semester subject.

The Compulsory Subjects are:

  • Personal Learning Plan (PLP) at Stage 1 (usually undertaken in Year 10, worth 10 credits)
  • Literacy – at least 20 credit from a range of English subjects or courses (Stage 1)
  • Numeracy – at least 10 credits from a range of Mathematics subjects or courses (Stage 1)
  • Research Project – an in-depth major project - 10 credits (Stage 2 but undertaken at Year 11)
  • Completion of at least 60 additional credits in Stage 2 subjects and courses.

In addition to the compulsory elements, students will choose from a wide range of subjects and courses to earn the remaining 90 credits to gain the SACE. These include subjects and courses from either Stage 1 or Stage 2. These remaining subjects are flexible and should be chosen based on a student’s interests, skill and career pathway.

The diagram opposite illustrates the SACE pattern.

During Year 11 and Year 12 students take part in a range of activities including:

  • a relevant, meaningful and engaging Pastoral Care program designed to support the social, emotional and wellbeing of our young people. Topics such as goal setting, study skills, career development and planning, Driver Education, Safe Partying, etc are covered
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses – a wide range of course are available to students who are interested in investigating particular career pathways - HCS is alligned to the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Secondary School Alliance
  • See Mr Chris Gregory for more details