senior schoolYear 11 and 12 Overview
THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (SACE):
The curriculum for students in Year 11 and Year 12 is underpinned by the South Australian Certificate of Education (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 Studied Across Year 11 And 12:
- Stage One – studied by Year 11 students
- Stage Two – 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 credits required for students to qualify for their certificate. For Stage 1 subjects, students will receive an A to E grade, while Stage 2 subjects are graded from A+ to E-. As a general guide, 10 credits usually equates to a semester subject, with Stage 2 subjects being studied for the full year and equating to 20 credits.
STRUCTURE OF THE SACE:
- Personal Learning Plan (PLP) usually undertaken in Year 10, worth 10 Stage 1 credits
- Literacy – at least 20 credits from a range of English subjects or courses, worth a total of 20 Stage 1 credits
- Numeracy – at least 10 credits from a range of Mathematics subjects or courses, worth a minimum of 10 Stage 1 credits
- Research Project – an in-depth major project usually undertaken in Year 11, worth 10 Stage 2 credits
- Completion of a minimum of 90 additional Stage 1 or 2 credits.
- Completion of a minimum of 60 additional Stage 2 credits to a C grade or better.
PLP, Literacy subjects, Numeracy subjects and Research Project are all Compulsory elements of The SACE. For compulsory subjects, students must achieve a C grade or better to meet their SACE requirements. Students will choose from a wide range of subjects and courses to earn the remaining 150 credits. These remaining subjects are flexible and should be chosen based on a student’s interests, strengths, interests and possible career pathways.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
During Year 11 and 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 is delivered across Year 11 and 12. Through the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum, topics such as safe partying, respectful relationship, risk taking and problem solving is explored. There is also a focus on goal setting, study skills, career development and planning, and exploration of future pathways, including guest speakers from the Universities, TAFE SA, and Registered Training Organisations.
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses – a wide range of courses are available to students who are interested in investigating particular career pathways – HCS is aligned to the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Secondary School Alliance.
- Additional extra curricular experiences such as excursions to explore future careers, working with local government and volunteering opportunities are also available to Year 11 and 12 students.
How SACE Works
Year 11 Overview Video
An intoduction to Year 11
Year 11 Subject Options
An overview of our year 11 subject structure
Information on all subjects 7-12
Year 12 Overview Video
An intoduction to Year 12
Year 12 Subject Options
An overview of our year 12 subject structure
Explore the VET offerings in the Southern Adelaide & Fleurieu Secondary School Alliance
How does VET work? What are the options? All this and more, explained in the video.