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Senior School

It all begins in Year 10

Students in year 10 begin their new SACE studies with their Personal Learning Plan (PLP), with the remainder of senior school  subjects and courses  being undertaken in Years 11 and 12. The PLP is a compulsary SACE subject. It gives you the chance to identify your plans and career goals for the future and helps you make informed decicions about your personal development and your education and training through senior school and beyond.

Introducing SACE

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is usually covered in two years of full time study, but students may take more than two years to complete their SACE if they wish. While there is no time limit to complete the SACE, there are specific non-negotiable requirements for completion and further requirements regarding tertiary entry.  
Questions should be directed to:
SACE Co-ordinator, Ms Jan Ahrens or Neil Hendry Head of Curriculum / Learning

General  Promotion into Stage 1 SACE

Promotion from Year 10 to Stage 1 (Year 11) is automatic if a student gains an achievement level of C, or better, in the majority of subjects that lead to Stage 1. Students with a lower achievement than this must negotiate their promotion with a panel of teachers, set up to review the promotion of all students. This panel is guided by the school’s promotion policy. 

Subject Qualifications 

Particular subjects in Stage 1 require successful completion at Year 10. Faculty recommendation and a ‘C’ grade, or better, is the achievement level that qualifies a student for automatic promotion into the same or related subject, at Stage 1 level.

General Promotion into Stage 2 SACE

The SACE allows for subjects from both Stage 1 and Stage 2 to be studied in the same year. Some Stage 2 subjects have specific pre-requisites. Where there is doubt, negotiation between students, parents and staff will be required. Students are considered to be year 12, if they are studying a minimum of 60 credits (equivalent to 3 subjects) at Stage 2 level. and have achieved the compulsary Stage 1 requirements.  


VET (Vocational Education and Training) refers to national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry. VET also includes developing specific industry-related skills through:
  • gaining a nationally recognised qualification while completing your SACE
  • getting a ‘head start’ in your chosen career
  • making your senior school studies more relevant and interesting
  • providing opportunites to learn 'on-the-job' while undertaking work placement
  • gaining skills and knowledge that employers seek in employees.
What is the difference between Structured Workplace Learning and (SWL) and Work Experience?
Work Experience offers you a general taste of the world of work. You may observe different aspects of the work carried out and assist with tasks nominated by your supervisor/workplace provider.
SWL enables you to gain specific skills on-the-job. The school and participating workplace provider agree on the skills or competency standards, which have been developed by industry training bodies. Your Workplace Learning, as part of your VET program, will contribute to a nationally accredited training package and to SACE. 

Senior School Information

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