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The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is an internationally recognised qualification that paves the way for young people to move from school to work or further training and study. A new SACE has been progressively introduced from 2009 to ensure that students gain the skills they need for the future, as citizens and employees.

The SACE will help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – whether they are headed for further education and training, university, an apprenticeship or straight into the workforce. The certificate is based on two stages of achievement: Stage 1 (normally undertaken in Year 11) and Stage 2 (Year 12). While Stage 1 subjects lead on to Stage 2 subjects in the same curriculum area, it is not usual for students to be in the same class grouping, or to have the same teachers from one year to the next. While there are some subjects at Stage 2 that can only be taken if a student has completed the equivalent Stage 1 subject, there are others that a student can study at Stage 2 for the first time. This is useful if a student changes tertiary or career aspirations during Year 11.

Mathematics, English or ESL and Personal Learning Plan are compulsory subjects for all SACE students at Stage 1, and Research project is a compulsory subject for all SACE students at Stage 2.

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