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Subjects and courses

What categories of subjects/courses are available for study in the senior secondary school credentialling program in South Australia?

The following types of subjects are studied:

STAGE 1 SUBJECTS

Subjects accredited by the SACE Board of South Australia

Duration Stage 1 (Year 11)
Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
Number of units/length of study time

10 credits/60 hours

20 credits/120 hours
Assessment methods Assessment of student learning at Stage 1 is school based. A moderation process confirms school decisions for the Personal Learning Plan and subjects that meet the compulsory literacy and numeracy requirements.
Developed by SACE Board of SA
Delivered by Schools

STAGE 2 SUBJECTS

Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS subjects)

Duration Stage 2 (Year 12)
Accepted for tertiary entrance? Yes
Number of units/length of study time

10 credits/60 hours

20 credits/120 hours
Assessment methods

Assessment of student learning at Stage 2 for all TAS subjects is both school based (70%) and external (30%).

Each student’s performance in the school assessment component is assessed by the student’s own teacher. The SACE Board uses moderation processes for quality assurance of all school assessment grades.

Each student’s performance in the external assessment component is assessed by a SACE Board-appointed assessor who is not the student’s own teacher.

Assessment decisions on the quality of a student’s learning in both the school assessment and external components are made with reference to levels of achievement that are described in the performance standards for the subject.

Developed by SACE Board of SA
Delivered by Schools

Non-Tertiary Admissions Subjects (Non-TAS subjects) (includes Community Studies, Research Project A, and local programs)

Duration Stage 2 (Year 12)
Accepted for tertiary entrance? No
Number of units/length of study time

10 credits/60 hours

20 credits/120 hours
Assessment methods

Assessment of student learning at Stage 2 for all non-TAS subjects is both school based (70%) and external (30%).

Each student’s performance in the school assessment component is assessed by the student’s own teacher. The SACE Board uses moderation processes for quality assurance of all school assessment grades.

Each student’s performance in the external assessment component is assessed by a SACE Board-appointed assessor who is not the student’s own teacher.

Assessment decisions about the quality of a student’s learning in both the school assessment and external components are made with reference to levels of achievement that are described in the performance standards for the subject.

Developed by SACE Board of SA
Delivered by Schools

RECOGNISED COURSES

The SACE Board recognises and grants SACE credits for appropriate qualifications, subjects, courses, or learning experiences gained by local, interstate or overseas students. These include recognition of:

Recognition of any of these courses towards the SACE is reported as a number of SACE credits ‘granted’, and is not accompanied by a score or grade.

Some recognised courses in Stage 2 can count towards the university aggregate ‘flexible option’. The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) has processes in place to calculate the scores awarded to recognised courses.

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