Senior Years 10-12

Senior Years 10-12

CBHS Years 10-12 students have a variety of subjects to choose from, and their timetables vary according to course selection.

To encourage thinking about future pathways, students have access to career counselling information from year 9 onwards. This allows them to begin recording subject academic achievement and also to monitor their own progress. We offer varied pathways for students: tertiary pathways, access to a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, traineeships, apprenticeship brokers and school-based traineeships.

In year 10, students begin to access subjects that will contribute to the achievement of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) certificate.

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) contributes 10 credits towards the achievement of the SACE and is a compulsory subject that must completed to a C standard or better.

The PLP helps students to:

  • plan their personal and learning goals for the future
  • make informed decisions about their personal development, education, and training
  • develop goals for the future
  • select subjects, courses and other learning relevant to pathways through and beyond school
  • investigate possible career choices
  • explore personal and learning goals.

In year 10, all students will have English, mathematics, science, and health and physical education for a full year.

Students will choose PLP and a humanities and social science subject for one semester.

They will also choose an additional four semester subjects from a wide range of offerings.

In year 11, students must complete English for a full year at C standard or better, mathematics for a semester at C standard or better and complete their research project in one semester at a C standard or better.  Students also choose an additional 12 subjects for one semester each ensuring that any student interests can be catered for.

A wide range of VET courses are also offered to complement other subjects chosen. It is during year 11 that students begin to access apprenticeship brokers and consider school-based traineeships.

At the completion of year 11, students will have gained 120 credits towards achieving their SACE certificate.

Extensive advice is given to students via their career counselling document. This document allows students to record and monitor subject academic achievement progress, to include information on career pathways, record qualification requirements for jobs they may be interested in and record university courses and their requirements. Students can also record possible subject choices for the following year. There are many university presentations students can access and all students engage in one-on-one discussions with assistant principals and year level leaders.

Students in year 11 are expected to demonstrate the capacity to cope with year 12 and are not automatically guaranteed entry to year 12.

We have a specialist year 12 centre which houses all year 12 classes where possible, Care Groups and a student common room and kitchen accessible during recess and lunch.

Study, or ‘free’ lessons are scheduled for year 12 students. During these lessons students are required to study at school and are not permitted to leave the school grounds. During the school year, academic progress indicators may be used by students to negotiate study from home.

In year 12, students will choose four subjects to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and/or their SACE after careful consideration of future tertiary requirements.


SACE is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete certain requirements in their senior secondary education. The SACE forms the basis for entry into higher education and it ensures that students gain the skills they need for the future as citizens and employees in a rapidly changing global and technological environment.

SACE meets the needs of students, families, higher and further education providers, employers and the community by helping students develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, whether they are headed for further education and training, university, an apprenticeship or immediate employment.

The certificate is based on two stages of achievement. Stage 1 is typically undertaken in year 11 and stage 2 is completed in year 12. Students will be able to study a wide range of subjects and courses as part of SACE.

As part of SACE, students will:

  • receive credits for different forms of education and training such as academic subjects, learning a trade and TAFE vocational training and community service provided they are recognised by the SACE Board
  • be able to return to their studies at any time in the future to complete the SACE without losing credit for work already undertaken
  • have their individual assessment tasks within a subject assessed using performance standards criteria
  • have 30% of their work in every stage 2 subject externally assessed. This will be done in various ways including examinations, investigations, practical or performances
  • receive A to E grades for Stage 1 subjects and A+ to E- grades for Stage 2 subjects.

Requirements to achieve SACE

To gain their SACE, students must earn 200 credits as per the SACE pattern requirements as shown below. Ten credits are equivalent to 1 semester or 6 months study in a subject or course. 20 credits are equivalent to a full year study in a subject or course for Stage 2 subjects.


Year 10 – Stage 1 subject
Personal Learning Plan (10 credits)

Year 11 – Stage 1 subjects
Literacy (from a range of English subjects or courses) (20 credits)

Numeracy (from a range of mathematics subjects or courses) (10 credits)

Year 11 or 12 – Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects
Other subjects and courses of the student’s choice (up to 90 credits)

Year 12 – Stage 2 subjects
Research Project (10 credits)

Stage 2 subjects and courses (60 credits)

Total 200 credits

To successfully complete their SACE, students must achieve a minimum of a ‘C’ standard in all their compulsory subjects and a minimum of a ‘C’ standard in at least 3 Stage 2 subjects.