What Is FLO and SACE?

What is FLO?

FLO stands for Flexible Learning Options and is a strategy which aims to support young people who have become disengaged from mainstream secondary schooling to successfully re-engage with their learning.

A FLO enrolment involves:

  • appropriate school and/or community based flexible learning programs
  • a school managed Flexible Learning and Transition Portfolio, and
  • provision of individual professional case management for 52 weeks of the year
  • Community partnership approach – adding value to current supports

FLO has helped young people who are experiencing things like:

  • learning difficulties
  • anxiety and depression
  • social and behavioural problems
  • bullying
  • homelessness
  • family difficulties
  • pregnancy
  • Alcohol and other drug issues

If you’re looking for a way to get your learning back on track, FLO might be able to help with things like:

  • improving reading, writing and maths skills
  • getting your SACE
  • gaining the skills to go onto further study or to get a job
  • getting relationship advice to get along better with family and friends
  • solving money problems and finding housing
  • making good life choices
  • feeling healthy and happy
  • planning for the future

As a FLO student you will get:

  • a qualified Case Manager assigned (who is not a teacher) to help address wellbeing issues, as well as planning for learning options
  • a Flexible Learning and Transition Portfolio, which makes use of learning spaces both on the school site and in the wider community.

FLO students and their parents work with a School Coordinator and Case Manager to identify strengths, special interests and areas where the student needs support. This information is used to develop a Flexible Learning & Transition Portfolio that can lead to:

  • learning options outside school (including the NESPN CLC)
  • access to subjects of specific interest
  • support from other agencies – e.g. youth and community services
  • further education, training and apprenticeships
  • employment opportunities.

As a FLO and/or NESPN CLC student, the young person receives a personalised timetable and pathway which targets his or her learning and personal goals. We understand that everyone’s journey is different and don’t always happen at the same time! Pathways can be modified to suit the needs and readiness of the student.

What is SACE?

SACE stands for South Australian Certificate of Education and is completed by students in years 11 and 12.

SACE is made up of two parts: Stage 1 (which most students undertake in Year 11) and Stage 2 (which most students do in Year 12).

In order to compete their SACE, students must achieve 200 credits through a mixture of compulsory and free-choice subjects and courses.


Getting your SACE

Each subject or course that you successfully complete earns ‘credits’ towards the SACE. Students receive a final grade from A to E for each Stage 1 subject and from A+ to E- for each Stage 2 subject.

SACE is comprised of  200 credits.

The compulsory subjects make up 50 credits:

  • 10 credits for the Personal Learning Plan at Stage 1
  • 20 credits chosen from a range of English subjects at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (literacy requirement)
  • 10 credits chosen from a range of mathematics subjects at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (numeracy requirement)
  • 10 credits for the Research Project at Stage 2.

You will also need to successfully complete at least 60 credits from Stage 2 subjects. You can choose these subjects, but they have to be worth at least 60 credits in total.

The remaining 90 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or Board-recognised courses (such as VET or community learning). You can choose the subjects or courses that you study to gain the remaining 90 credits.

To gain your SACE, you need to achieve:

Students must achieve:

  • C grade or better for the compulsory Stage 1 subjects – the Personal Learning Plan, English and Mathematics.
  • C- grade or better in 60 credits of Stage 2 subjects and in 10 credits for the Research Project.

This information was gathered from the SACE website. For more information, please visit:


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