11 - 12 Pathways Planning

OVERVIEW OF YEAR 11 TO YEAR 12 PATHWAYS LESSON PLANS

What are the general capabilities?
The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.
In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside school.
In the Australian Curriculum, the general capabilities are addressed through the content of the learning areas. General capabilities are identified where they are developed or applied in the content descriptions. They are also identified where they offer opportunities to add depth and richness to student learning via the content elaborations, which are provided to give teachers ideas about how they might teach the content. Icons are used to indicate where general capabilities have been identified in learning area content descriptions and elaborations.
Teachers are expected to teach and assess general capabilities to the extent that they are incorporated within learning area content. State and territory education authorities will determine if and how student learning of the general capabilities is to be further assessed or reported.
Career education: linking primary school to post school through the Pathways Planning program
*View the Illustration of Practice videos on the ACARA website where ACT public school students are engaged in Pathways Planning to help develop their general capabilities. 


Module 1: Welcome to College

Recent prior experience

Students have completed their 7-10 Pathways Plan, including their Transition Plan. This is the first lesson in Pathways for Year 11 students. It is an introduction to college.

Indicators of learning

Students will:

  • complete the work/life balance evaluation activity
  • add any other responsibilities
  • reflect on their work/life balance. Ask themselves some questions about how and on what they spend their time each day. Too much work? Too much play? 
  • draw up a weekly timetable/schedule and set priorities
  • reflect: Are you spending more time on the things you like or are more interested in doing? Is there a trend?
  • make a plan to complete this R unit within 8 weeks 
  • investigate R units or other opportunities offered outside of college that will further develop knowledge and skills for future career.

Module 2: My package planner

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules in their 7 -10 Pathways plan and Module 1 Welcome to College. They have attended/booked an appointment with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will:

  • access the BSSS website and investigate their package and what it means
  • locate their BSSS Profile Online at https://student-profiles.ed.act.edu.au/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f 
  • plan and talk through their college package with a supportive teacher
  • investigate prerequisites, University Admissions Guide (UAC) //traineeship/apprenticeship and recommended study/vocational courses, job opportunities, scholarships and more
  • email this module to their career practitioner and make an appointment to discuss their Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate package
  • complete the package template with the help of the career practitioner /supportive teacher and discuss their Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.
Module 3: My career action plan

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 and 2 of their year 11 and year 12 Pathways Plan and attended a career interview with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will:

  • watch the video: Focus on your journey
  • investigate options and the relevant websites
  • think critically about the information they have read. What is useful?
  • think about a goal – a career, learning or work goal. Make it SMART. How motivated are they to achieve their goals? If they said 8, 9 or 10 that means they are motivated. If they said 7 or less – maybe rethink their goal
  • add the goal to develop their action plan. They can make numerous plans
  • email this module to their career practitioner and share it with another adult or friend
  • complete the year 10 CEAV career action plan using the template.

Module 4: Am I career ready?

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1, 2 and 3 and attended an appointment with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will: 

  • read the statements and answer them to assess their career adaptability and career readiness. They must be honest – make the assessment results as accurate as possible
  • email the Module to their career practitioner and make an appointment to discuss their findings
  • if they are concerned about the future they read the information on the Grow Careers website about the importance of planning for your future career at https://www.growcareers.com.au/index.php?id=12 
  • if they want to take control of their career decision-making throughout life and develop self-knowledge they go to the career insight section of myfuture at https://myfuture.edu.au 
  • to develop confidence in being able to implement learning goals and make effective career decisions they go to: https://www.growcareers.com.au/index.php?id=146 
  • to investigate courses that will lead to an occupation of interest they go to: https://growcareers.com.au/index.php?id=146. Here they will be able to access some course databases and locate courses related to their career goals.
Module 5: Workplace learning

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 to 4 and attended an appointment with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will: 

  • access the links and read the information provided 
  • read that for a number of years Construction has consistently been among the top few industries with the highest number of workplace injuries
  • learn about work safety by clicking on the links provided
  • search InPlace and list some potential work placement opportunities
  • be creative and find their own preferred work placement
  • learn about and investigate VET courses and structured workplace learning (SWL)
  • make an appointment with their career practitioner to make a work placement
  • access myfuture videos to see what work is like, work roles and occupations.

Module 6: Skills for work

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 to 5 and attended an interview and booked another appointment with their college career practitioner to discuss their work placement.

Indicators of learning

Students will: 

  • click the link and read the information provided about what employers want
  • see how important skills are when they watch the video from the Foundation for Young Australians 
  • complete the quiz to assess their skills for work. Where are their strengths and what do they think they need to develop?
  • use the ‘words’ in this quiz to document their skills for work on their resume
  • did they receive workplace feedback? Compare and contrast their reflection to the feedback provided by the workplace host employer.

Module 7: My achievements

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and 6 of the Pathways Plan.

Indicators of learning

Students will: 

  • look at their year 10 achievements that have transferred to their year 11-12 Plan
  • add any additional achievements they may have gained. Is it something they have done in the community, school, work or through volunteering? Add the date and name the achievement
  • start to list the skills and capabilities they have developed or that contributed to their achievement
  • look at https://jobsearch.gov.au/jobsearchtips to get some tips and see examples of other resumes and cover letters
  • complete their resume and email this Module (their resume) to their career practitioner, parent, employer or/and friend.

Module 8: My next destination

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 to 7 and attended/booked an appointment with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will:

  • locate, read and analyse relevant career information
  • click on the links to investigate and gather information
  • make a good career enhancing decision
  • complete the questions about their next destination and email the module to their career practitioner 
  • think about what they need to do now to transition smoothly to their next destination. 

Module 9: CareersXpo

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 to 8 and attended/booked an appointment with their college career practitioner. 

Students must have attended the annual CareersXpo to complete this Module.

Indicators of learning

Students will: 

  • locate, read and analyse relevant career information about industries they may be interested in knowing more about
  • identify the options available to them
  • click on the link in Pathways to investigate and gather information
  • ask their career practitioner for the current CareersXpo booklet
  • complete the activities in the booklet prior to the CareersXpo
  • click on the CareersXpo link on Pathways to plan their visit
  • complete the family career questionnaire and submit the completed CareersXpo booklet to their career practitioner
  • complete the reflection questions on Pathways after the visit to the CareersXpo.

Module 10: Resume builder

Recent prior experience

Students have completed Modules 1 to 8 and attended/booked two appointments with their college career practitioner.

Indicators of learning

Students will:

  • Research resume formats online. Select one that best meets the needs of their/an employer. Look at https://www.jobjumpstart.gov.au/article/build-your-basic-resume
  • Use Google sites to create your own personal e-portfolio. Refer to e-portfolio resource sheet provided 
  • make an appointment with their career practitioner to discuss their Transition Plan and resume/e-portfolio
  • have they included evidence of how they have demonstrated general capabilities on their resume?
  • review Module 10 in Pathways Planning and add any new capabilities:
  • Information and Communication Technology Capabilities
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Capabilities
  • Personal and Social Capabilities
  • take their resume/e-portfolio and show it to their career practitioner at the appointment
  • revisit their Career Action Plan in Module 3. Did they finish their goals? If so, return to Module 3 and mark the goals successfully completed.