Subject Information Night

2015 Subject Information Night - Agenda
Overview of the SACE
University & TAFE entry
Year 10, 11 & 12 2015 Subject Selection
How to succeed in the Research Project
Ms Helen Steele
Alana Giacomelli
Mrs Cathy Swain
Ms Claire MacLennan
Alana Giacomelli
• Course Counselling & Edval Webchoice
Mrs Cathy Swain
• Introduction of Learning Area Leaders & Pastoral Care Co-ordinators
Families will be invited to make appointments for the Course Counselling Session.
• Opportunity for informal discussions over light refreshments.
• Thank you for your attendance.
Let us Pray
Let us join together in Praising God.
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end,
2015 Subject Information
For students in Year 10, 11 & 12 – 2015
Presented by Cathy Swain, Director of Curriculum
• SACE - South Australian Certificate of Education
• A qualification for entry into universities or further
• Recognised nationally and internationally
• A certificate that gives students a head-start on their
pathway beyond school
Stage 1 & Stage 2
There are two ‘stages’ of the SACE:
• Stage 1 is generally completed in Year 11
• Stage 2 is generally completed in Year 12
• This can vary between schools and students
(Our students start the SACE with the Personal
Learning Plan in Year 10 – compulsory Stage 1)
Flexible Pathways in the SACE
• The SACE is flexible, and caters for learning both in
and outside school
• Students can combine study and part-time work, a
traineeship or school-based apprenticeship
• Students can receive credit for SACE subjects,
vocational education and training, community
learning, and university studies
Requirements to obtain the SACE
• Students need 200 credits to achieve the SACE
• Most 10-credit subjects are studied over one semester
and most 20-credit subjects are studied over two
• Students need to achieve a C grade or higher for
Stage 1 compulsory requirements and a C- grade or
higher for Stage 2 compulsory requirements to achieve
the SACE
Stage 1 (Year 11)
• Subjects are graded from A to E
• All tasks are assessed by teachers at the school
• Assessment is externally checked in Mathematics,
English and the Personal Learning Plan (compulsory
• Complete compulsory PLP, 20 literacy and 10
numeracy credits at C grade or better
Stage 2 (Year 12)
• Subjects are graded from A+ to E• 70% of subject assessments will be assessed by the
student’s teacher and moderated by the SACE Board
(e.g. in school assignments)
• 30% of subject assessments will be assessed
externally by a SACE Board assessor
(e.g. investigations or examinations)
Assessment in the SACE
• Each grade (from A to E) in every SACE subject has a
‘performance standard’, describing the type of work that
will receive that grade
• A student’s SACE work is assessed against these
• The standards are the same around the state
• They help students understand the reasons behind their
grades, and how to improve
Completion of Stage 2 (Year 12)
To achieve SACE Stage 2, students need to complete:
• Stage 2 subjects and/or VET (60 credits)
• Research Project (10 credits)
Most students will complete subjects and courses worth
more than 70 credits at Stage 2
Other recognised learning in the SACE
The SACE recognises learning both in and outside
school, for example:
• Vocational Education and Training courses (VET)
• University and TAFE courses
• Community learning (such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award or volunteer work)
VET in the SACE
• VET stands for Vocational Education and Training
• It is education and training that gives students skills and
knowledge for work
• VET operates through a national training system, and is
delivered, assessed and certified by Registered Training
Organisations (RTOs)
• The SACE Board recognises completed VET, but does
not assess or result VET
VET in the SACE
• The flexibility of the SACE enables students to include a
significant amount of VET in their studies
• Students can gain recognition for up to 150 (of the
necessary 200) SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2
from VET
• Work with external agencies to offer other VET courses
• Mrs Adriana Forte–Careers & Pathways Coordinator
VET Recognition Register
The VET Recognition Register on the SACE website
lists more than 200 popular VET qualifications
The Register also shows the SACE level (Stage 1 or
2) and the SACE credits you could earn
Certificate II generally count to Stage 1 credits and
Certificate III count to Stage 2
Future Pathways – University Entrance
• Need to complete the SACE and obtain an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)
• Student’s overall achievement in the SACE gives you an university aggregate
• University aggregate converted to an ATAR - rank compared with other students –a
range from 0 to 99.95
• Selection rank then created from ATAR + bonus points and any other considerations –
therefore selection score can be different for different courses and universities
• Used by universities in the selection of school leavers for a place in university courses
• From 2016 entry the university aggregate is based on 90 credits of Stage 2 study - 3
full-year Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS) (3 x 20 credits) plus 30 flexible credits
• MMC students currently study 100 credits at Stage 2
manage the entry
processes and applications for
the 3 universities in SA.
*Not set the rules just deliver
them on behalf of the
*Calculation of ATARs and
selection ranks
* Valuable resource
SATAC website
University Entrance from 2016
To be eligible, a student will need to have:
• Completed the SACE
• Gained an ATAR
• Gained a university aggregate from 90 credits as outlined in the
SATAC guide
• Met any prerequisite subject requirements needed for the university
• Complied with rules regarding subject combinations and counting
TAFE Entry Requirements
• Complete the SACE and obtain a TAFE selection
• To obtain a TAFE selections score students must
– 60 credits of Stage 2 with 40 of these credits from TAS
subjects and maximum of 20 credits from other recognised
Year 10 in 2015
• Compulsory subjects:
– English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education
– Semester of Geography & History
– Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (10 SACE credits)
• Choice of 6 elective subjects: (Check for Year 11 Pre- Requisites)
– Visual Arts (Art), Visual Art (Design), Drama, Music,
– Digital Technologies, Information Processing & Publishing
– Commercial Cookery& Garment Construction or Creative Culinary and Textile
– Physical Education
– Italian
Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
• Compulsory Stage 1 subject worth 10 credits
• C grade or higher is needed
• Completed in Year 10 at MMC – help choose future SACE
subjects and pathways
• Set personal and learning goals, explore career/study
pathways, help to plan subject choices for Year 11 & 12.
• Gain skills for future study and employment
Year 11 & 12 2015
• Getting you ready for the next stage of your life
• Consider your strengths & weaknesses
• Choose subjects in learning areas or are pathways to
careers that interest you
• Use Curriculum Handbook & SACE website for more
information about the subjects
Year 11 in 2015
• Must complete 20 credits of literacy and at least 10 credits of
numeracy with C grade or better
• Most subject are semesterised
• Increased choice & specialisation
• Important to check prerequisites for Year 12 subjects
• New subjects
– Accounting, Information Technology, Business & Enterprise, Child
Studies, Food and Hospitality, Ancient Studies, Modern History,
Legal Studies, Science Specific (Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Nutrition, Psychology), Tourism, Integrated Studies (Studies of Asia)
Year 12 in 2015
• Compulsory Research Project (10 credits) and
Religious Education (10 credits)
• Choose 4 x 20 credit subjects
• Consider prerequisites, assumed knowledge
• Check precluded combinations or counting
New Year 12 Subjects
• Workplace Practices
• Scientific Studies
Research Project
• All Stage 2 students study the Research Project (10 credits)
• A chance to do in-depth research and study in a topic that interests the student
and develop skills in planning, research, analysis and communication
• Develop skills & understandings to help prepare for a life after Senior School
• Independent learning - you decide your question and the direction of your
• Helps prepare you for future studies and develops workplace skills.
• Tertiary-style study; evidence of skills valued by employers & tertiary
• Compulsory 10 credits – C- or better
Why is the Research Project important?
• One of the most important skills for a student to develop is
the ability to learn.
• Learning occurs through careful thought and planning, trial
and error, resilience, analysing, producing or creating and
then evaluating and reflecting on the process and the results.
• The research project is structured to ensure students learn
these skills and enhance their independent learning.
What is involved in the Research Project?
Students pose a research question with the scope to synthesise or ‘create new
While they are taught the skills to scaffold and manage their research and address
the performance standards, each question takes the students on an individual
research pathway
Teachers act more as mentors for each student. Rather than providing students
with content, teachers help students develop and hone skills to independently
manage the project from start to finish.
Students produce an ‘Outcome’ as an answer to their question.
Students then write an ‘Evaluation’ reflecting on their research methods, how they
faced challenges and opportunities and how effectively they answered their
Where does the Research Project sit within
the SACE?
• It is a compulsory Stage 2 10 credit subject
• Students must achieve a C- or better to receive their
• It runs in Semester 1 during Year 12 at Mary
MacKillop College
• This year, we are running Research Project
workshops in Semester 2, Year 11.
School Assessed (70%):
• Folio (10 page ‘snapshot’) - 30%
• Outcome (2000 wds)
- 40%
Externally Assessed (30%):
• Evaluation (1500 wds)
- 30%
What questions can students ask?
• Anything – the more passionate and interested in
finding answers to their question the better:
• ‘What are the difficulties that adolescent twins face in forging individual identities and how can
they best navigate through them?’
‘To what extent do violent video games have an effect on the development of youth?’
‘Should the legal drinking age in Australia be raised to 21?’
‘To what extent do knee injuries (ACL) impact the careers of AFL player?’
‘How does Early Years Swimming affect the development of a child?’
‘How can I best create a seasonal cook book with meals that can be made in 15 minutes?’
What’s in my pack?
• MMC 2015 Curriculum Handbook
• Subject Selection Form (please bring to course
counselling completed)
• Edval Webchoice instructions
• SATAC Tertiary Entrance Booklet (2015 Year 11 & 12)
• SATAC University Guide (2015 Year 11 & 12)
Course Counselling
• Tuesday 12 August 3:30 – 8:00pm in library
• Highly recommended for Year 11 & 12 students in
• Open to 2015 Year 10 students
• Bookings taken
• Subject Selection Forms
Edval Webchoice
• Is an online system designed to capture student
subject selections
• Selections are validated according to curriculum rules
• Captures both primary and reserve preferences in
priority order
• Students can login at anytime from home to make or
change their selections
Edval Webchoice
Making your subject choices
• Results you have obtained so far
• Enjoyment and willingness to work in the subject
• Subjects needed for possible courses (prerequisites,
assumed knowledge, helpful subjects, interstate)
• Advice from subject teachers, PCC, DoC, career
counsellors, parents
• Is possibility subjects may not run or clashes on timetable
– speak with students later this term or early next term.
Supper & Discussion
Learning Area Leaders
• Ms Mini Del Corso – English
• Mrs Barbara Morrish – Mathematics
• Mrs Josie Spizzo – Sciences
• Mrs Adriana Sotira – Religious
• Mrs Mary Lepore - Languages
• Mr Gavin Hughes – Music
• Ms Emily Bishop – Health & Physical
• Mrs Cathy Swain – PLP & RP
Pastoral Care Coordinators
• Year 9 - Ms Claire MacLennan
• Year 10 - Mrs Jeanene Corbo
• Year 11 – Ms Miescha Hawkins
Other Staff
• Ms Helen Steele – Acting Principal
• Ms Adriana Forte – Careers &
Pathways Coordinator
• Mrs Angelina Ranaldo – Year 12 PCC
and Inclusive Education Coordinator

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