English is not compulsory in yr 12. The only compulsory subject in yr 12 will be the ELP (i think that is what they are going to call it). It is an extended learning experience package in which the student explores and extends an area of interest.
Two new compulsory subjects — Personal Learning Plan at Stage 1 and Research Project at Stage 2 — have been introduced as part of the new certificate. Students will have to achieve a C grade or better in these subjects to successfully complete the SACE.
Australian Studies will not be a compulsory subject of the new SACE.
Students will need to achieve the compulsory literacy and numeracy requirements of the SACE. They will need to achieve a C grade or better in a range of English and mathematics subjects or courses at Stage 1 to complete their SACE.
Every Stage 2 subject will have 30% external assessment, which means an expert from outside the school will assess a student’s work; 70% of the subject’s assessment will be made by schools and these results will be checked by an expert from outside the school.
Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects will be graded from A to E.
All students will be expected to gain knowledge, skills, and attributes in the areas of communication, citizenship, personal development, work, and learning.
Students will earn credits for their studies, and need to earn 200 credits to successfully complete the new SACE. Ten credits equates to one semester or six months of study. This is a change from fixed semester-length subjects under the current SACE, and is designed to open up opportunities for programs and courses that better meet the needs of today’s students.
at school after completing Year 10.
- <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>You can mix part-time work and part-time study at school or TAFE. <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>You can complete a full-time apprenticeship. <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>You may find a full-time job with an employer who arranges training that meets the requirements of the new SACE.
- If you leave school before completing the SACE, you can return later to complete it without losing the credits you’ve already earned.
9. Can I get recognition for things I do outside of school?
Yes, many forms of education and training — provided they meet the SACE Board’s standards — can be credited to your SACE.
The new SACE recognises learning in and beyond the classroom, including:
A list of VET and community learning options that the SACE Board is considering for recognition in the new SACE is included in the booklet, The new SACE — Information for Year 10 students, which will be available from your school and on the SACE Board website from February 2009.
- <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>TAFE and other Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>university studies and courses from interstate and overseas <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>courses undertaken online or through other distance education technologies <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>community learning, such as Country Fire Service training or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- work experience and other roles such as being a caregiver or participating in a community service organisation.
10. What if I want to leave school?
School is not for everyone and that is why the new SACE can be tailored to suit your needs and interests.
For example, many students prefer hands-on learning or work outside of the classroom, so the new SACE gives you credit for a wide range of activities including:
Research shows that gaining a senior secondary certificate significantly increases your chances of a successful life and career.
- <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>learning a trade <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>TAFE and other vocational courses <LI class=bdv11-sp16px>community service (such as volunteering for a community organisation or completing a course like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award)
- distance education courses.
From 2009, you will be required to be in full-time education or training until you turn 17 or achieve a qualification, whichever is the sooner.
For more information about this, visit the website of Care and Education Legislation Reform. Schools will also be able to provide more information about this process.
11. I’m interested in an apprenticeship. Why should I bother with the SACE?
Your apprenticeship can count towards your SACE.
This means that you can gain on-the-job skills while also working towards a highly regarded qualification, which shows you have the skills and knowledge that are desirable to employers.
You need strong literacy and numeracy skills to cope with the high demands of modern trade training, and the new SACE will help you meet these important requirements.
12. How do I complete the new SACE? What subjects do I do?
To complete the new SACE, students will have to earn 200 credits.
At Stage 1, students will need to earn at least 40 credits from the following compulsory elements:
- Personal Learning Plan — 10 credits
- literacy — at least 20 credits from a range of English, literacy, or equivalent subjects and courses
- numeracy — at least 10 credits from a range of mathematics, numeracy, or equivalent subjects and courses.
- 53. What is the SACE Board of South Australia?
The SACE Board of South Australia has replaced the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA (SSABSA). It is an authority of the South Australian Government.
The SACE Board sets the curriculum for Year 11 and Year 12, and is responsible for the assessment of student achievement.
The SACE Board will issue the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) to all students successfully completing the certificate’s requirements. 54. How do I find out more?
More details of subjects and courses in the new SACE are included in the booklet, The new SACE — Information for Year 10 students
, which will be available from your school and on the SACE board website from February 2009.
Check the SACE Board website ‘New SACE information’
web page regularly for up-to-date information about the new SACE.