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Curriculum for year 10 to 12 students

Year 10 to 12 students study towards the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Some SACE subjects count towards higher qualifications offered through TAFE and university.

Find more information about the year 10 to 12 curriculum on the sa.gov.au website.

SACE and the Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards for years 11 and 12 have been developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for a number of subjects in the following areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences.

The SACE Board of South Australia has started working on integration of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum into a number of SACE subjects. Further information can be found on the Integration of the Australian Curriculum section of the Australian Curriculum Website.

Vocational pathways

Vocational Education and Training (VET) for schools allows students in years 10 to 12 undertaking their SACE to:

  • develop skills for the workforce
  • develop an understanding of the workforce
  • undertake training in specific industry skills
  • gain credit towards a nationally recognised qualification like:
    • a certificate
    • diploma
    • advanced diploma.

Advanced Technology Project

The Advanced Technology Project supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pathways through links with the defence industries. 

See the Advanced Technology Project information sheet (PDF 571KB) for more details. 

Additional programs

Students can also combine their SACE studies with:

Further study options

Further study options are available through:


Learning Improvement Division

Phone: 8226 4297
Emaildecd.newmedia [at] sa.gov.au