Pathways to Work and Learning A/M

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Course information

This course is designed to provide a foundation for students to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital technology skills as well as develop life skills and career planning.  This includes developing skills in understanding self, identifying opportunities, demonstrating career enhancing decision making, goal setting and actioning plans. Students will produce a portfolio each semester of study and it is expected that their portfolios will be refined as they access further units of study.  All students who participate in the course are encouraged to undertake at least one work experience placement.

The primary purposes of this course are:

  • to enable students to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required for the workplace
  • to enable students to make informed career choices by exposing them to a range of workplaces
  • to enable students to make informed decisions and develop an action plan for work, learning and life
  • to act as a foundation course for participants needing preparation before attempting further vocational learning
  • to enable students to acquire workplace digital technology skills

Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Suggested Major course




Pathways to the Future


Connect and Work with Others


Skills and Knowledge for the Workplace


Work in a Digital World

Unit descriptions

Pathways to the Future

In this unit, students develop and consolidate their pathways planning processes. Students will particularly focus on affirmative career planning, the value of work, lifelong learning, skill development, job searching skills in a 21st century environment and decision-making skills around short and long-term vocational planning.

Connect and Work with Others

This semester unit enables students to develop an understanding of themselves as learners, as well as focussing students on their own values, beliefs and behaviours and how these may impact on their workplace participation and communication. Students are expected to work toward developing workplace communications and pathways planning skills.

Skills and Knowledge for the Workplace

This unit focuses on the basic skills that Australian workers should utilise in a variety of workplace environments.  Students will explore industrial relations in Australia, including a brief history of this in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also explore specific workplace cultures, eg, nursing, building, IT. This unit focuses students to workplace skills related to WHS practices, reading and interpreting workplace information and organising workloads

Work in a Digital World

This unit directs students to focus on work in the 21st century and its implications for new job opportunities, work flexibility and remote work options. There is a deep focus on volunteering in this unit and students will explore the positive mental health outcomes that volunteering provides to them, as well as the wider community. Related to this is the examination and practice of formal and informal written communication in digital environments.