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We endeavour to help each student reach their full potential through high quality education coupled with supportive relationships with parents and students.

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What is SACE?

SACE stands for South Australian Certificate of Education.  The SACE is an internationally recognised qualification that paves the way for young people to move from school to work or further training and study.

Students complete the SACE over two years of full-time study, which most students spread over three years.  There are two stages:

  • Stage 1 – Students undertake in Year 11 apart from the Personal Learning Plan in Year 10

  • Stage 2 – Students undertake in Year 12 apart from the Research Project in Year 11

Each successfully completed Stage 1 and Stage 2 subject or course earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE, with a minimum of 200 credits required for students to achieve the SACE.


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How do I choose my SACE Subjects?​

The choice of a career path is one of the most important decisions you will make.  Statistics show that you are likely to have on average 4 to 5 career changes in your lifetime and that ‘up-skilling’ to provide yourself with a broad skill base is essential in improving employability.  The selection of Year 11 and 12 subjects and subsequent completion of the SACE is an important step towards reaching your future goals.

Like any important decision, reading lots and researching potential career choice options, talking with family, friends and teachers is absolutely necessary.  Ultimately this is your responsibility

Step 1

Do your research:

Step 2

Five key considerations in your choice:

  • CAREER GOALS – narrow down your interest to potential industry areas, not necessarily specific jobs

  • PATHWAYS – identify whether a university or pathway (eg TAFE or another RTO) or a blend of the two if necessary to achieve your career goal(s).

  • University entrance score (ATAR): A minimum of four 20 credit stage 2 subjects or course equivalents is required.

  • INTERESTS – choose subjects that genuinely interest you.

  • ABILITIES – choose subjects you are capable of doing well.

  • PREREQUISITES – certain university courses require you to have studied particular subject(s) in Year 12.

Step 3

Complete your Subject Selection

Your College Career and Course Adviser is available to discuss your selections with you​​

SACE - Stage 1

Stage 1 subjects are offered and resulted as 10 credit single Semester subjects. Therefore students may change subjects in the second Semester or continue them over the full year. Please click on the subject area of interest to see all subjects available for that subject area.

Graphic about SACE Stage One at Portside Christian College Newport Adelaide South Australia a Western Suburbs School

SACE - Stage 2

Stage 2 subjects are offered and resulted as 10 or 20 credit full year subjects. Students need to choose at least four 20 credit subjects (or equivalent) plus the Research Project to be ATAR eligible.

Graphic about SACE Stage Two at Portside Christian College Newport Adelaide South Australia a Western Suburbs School
Adam Davis

Contact our SACE Coordinator


If you have any questions about this information, please contact Dr Davis your SACE Coordinator by phone on 8341 5133 or email

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