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An Australian curriculum


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SACE is the official Senior Secondary Certificate of Education of the government of South Australia.

In Australia, the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) is the graduation certificate awarded to students in Australian high schools, and is equivalent to the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Advance Placement in North America and the GCE A-Levels of the United Kingdom. Students completing the SSCE are usually aged 16 to 18 and study full-time for two years (years 11 and 12 of schooling). 

The curriculum, assessment and name of the SSCE is different in each state and territory. The government of each determines these themselves, although the curriculum must address mutually agreed national competencies.

In addition to South Australia, the SACE is delivered in the Northern Territory, where it is called the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).   

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Australian education system

English is the official language of Australia and the main language of instruction in the education system. 

An Australian education gives students a direct pathway to universities in Australia and top universities around the world.

The Australian curriculum is maintained by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).  The curriculum is designed to develop successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. 

Each Australian state and territory has its own curriculum, assessment and certification authority.  These organisations are responsible for determining how the Australian curriculum content and achievement standards are included in their programs. The state and territory authorities also determine assessment and learning requirements.  


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