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Scotch AGS International School is pleased to be a SACE International partner, offering the Australian Baccalaureate – SACE program to Vietnamese students.

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

The SACE International Baccalaureate Program – World integration journey

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a modern high school graduate certificate that is accepted by prominent Australian and international universities. Since 1982, more than 40,000 overseas students have received the Australian baccalaureate degree (SACE), which allows them to study at many of the world’s top universities. SACE - passport to the WorldThe SACE curriculum is meant to provide students with personal skills, knowledge, and competences that will help them establish a strong foundation for success in a globalized society. To live and work successfully in the twenty-first century, students will be equipped with the following seven personal competencies:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication Technology (ICT)
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding

Students must earn 200 credits from stage 1 and stage 2 disciplines to finish the program. A 10-credit course is typically one semester long, while a 20-credit course is often two semesters long.

Compulsory requirements Non-compulsory subjects
50 credits 90 credits 60 credits
Stage 1: Personal Learning Plan – completed in Year 10 or Year 11 (10 credits).

  • Numeracy requirement – a mathematics subject or course in Stage 1 or Stage 2 (10 credits).
  • Literacy requirement – an English subject or course in Stage 1 or Stage 2 (20 credits)

Stage 2: Research Project – completed in Year 11 or Year 12 (10 credits).

Choose and complete from a range of stage 1 and stage 2 subjects, as well as recognized VET career courses. Choose and complete a minimum of 60 credits in Phase 2 or career subjects. The SACE Board in South Australia assessed Phase 2 subjects.

To view all the subjects offered by SACE, please visit the website

Example to achieve 200 credits
50 compulsory credits 90 credits (minimum) 60 credits (minimum)
  • Personal planning (10 credits)
  • Stage 1: Mathematics (10 credits – one semester)
  • Stage 1: English (20 credits)
  • Stage 2: Research studies (10 credits)
  • Stage 1: Biology (20 credits)
  • Stage 1: Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Stage 1: Food and hospitality (20 credits)
  • Stage 1: Vocational certificate in Food Processing (40 credits)
  • Stage 2: Biology (20 credits)
  • Stage 2: Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Stage 2: English (20 credits)

For each subject, academic performance is measured using standardize scales. Teachers and moderators use this set of standards to assess students’ learning outcomes:

  • From A to E for Stage 1 (students pass the subject if they achieve a grade of C or higher)
  • From A+ to E- for Stage 2 (students pass the subject if they achieve a grade of C- or higher)

The review board will pick samples from thousands of papers for reassessment to ensure that the assessment results are in conformity with the standards, ensuring that the student’s work is fairly assessed. This is referred to as moderation.
Unlike other high school programs, the school and the SACE Board evaluate the student’s learning process. This guarantees that the training quality is constant and meets the SACE Board’s international requirements.

  • In Stage 1, the student’s work is 100% evaluated by the school.
  • In Stage 2, the student’s work is rated 70% by the school and the SACE Board rated 30%.
Study pathway

Through “SACE Subjects Combination Clusters,” career courses (VET), experience activities, and transfer subjects to university, the SACE curriculum allows students to choose subjects that meet their interests, talents, and professional ambitions.

SACE subjects contain assessments during the course of study to measure students’ personal abilities, knowledge, and competencies on a regular basis throughout the school year. A year-end test in several subjects will account for up to 30% of the overall grade.

SACE planner displays a list of subjects organized by sector cluster, allowing students to become familiar with the knowledge blocks appropriate for their future field of study at the university, this is also the chance for the to determine their suitability for the future career, all while preparing for their upcoming college journey.

The SACE journey’s destination is “University Success Success, not Access,” which means educating students for success in university and career, rather than only preparing tests and memorizing just to get into the university.

Study methods

The SACE curriculum is a mix of theory and practice, blending what students learn in school with what they learn in practice both inside and outside the classroom.

Students are urged to select subjects that are a good fit for them, as this will lead to the suitable job in their field of interest.

At the start of their SACE journey, students will have the chance to explore their interests, strengths, topic choices, and learning styles in the Personal Learning Plan.

VET career-oriented courses in both Stage 1 and Stage 2, covering a wide range of fields such as construction, automotive technology, electrical technology, hospitality restaurants, community services, health and information technology.

Students and the school can work out a plan for combining education and part-time work, internships, or apprenticeships at the school.

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