The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a nationally recognised credential awarded to students who successfully complete their senior secondary education. The SACE is designed to ensure that students leave school with a strong general education and opens a number of pathways that lead to tertiary study, vocations and careers, and employment.
The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) signifies the completion of secondary education for most students in South Australia. Study is undertaken at Stages 1 and 2, which usually correspond to Years 11 and 12. With the appropriate choice of subjects, students can gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry into universities throughout Australia. Students transferring from overseas or interstate may apply for block status for Stage 1, allowing them to complete the SACE in one year.
The SACE is designed to ensure a broad range of educational experience for students to prepare them for participation in society, for future employment and further study. It is possible to incorporate some vocational education and training (VET) as part of the SACE.