Studying the SACE

The SACE is designed to allow students to choose subjects that suit their interests, skills and career goals. The SACE helps students develop their personal capabilities. These are the life skills used to deal with many situations at work, at home, and in our community:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students can find everything they need to study the SACE on the SACE Board website. Students can find out more about the subjects and assessments needed to be completed. There are also flexible options VET and Community Learning that can be used in conjunction with other school subjects to get credit towards SACE.

The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. VET helps students to learn hands-on, practical skills that can provide a head start on a qualification. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.

Organisations such as the Australian Music Examinations Board, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, SA Country Fire Service, Scouts and Guides have developed and accredit their own programs that are eligible for recognition towards the SACE. For a list of approved programs, see recognised community-developed programs.

The SACE can be complex; students are encouraged to discuss their SACE plan with their school career guidance counsellor, pastoral care or home group teacher at regular intervals.