R Unit

Pathways Planning R Unit


Pathways Planning is an online career education program that assists students in years 11 and 12 with their career and transition planning. It is a self-help learning program allowing college students to work at their own pace over a semester or over two years. Planning uses the Education Directorate’s Pathways website https://pathways.act.edu.au  as the primary online resource and includes access to 50 quality Australian online resources. Pathways Planning helps young people to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities to help plan their next steps and manage their career, learning and work through college and beyond.

Pathways Planning helps develop career management competencies to:

  • participate in lifelong learning supportive of career goals

  • locate and effectively use career information

  • make career enhancing decisions

  • understand, engage in and manage the career building process.

Pathways Planning helps students build their general capabilities as described in the Australian curriculum including:

  • Personal and social capability: self-awareness element, self-management element, social awareness element, social management element 

  • Information and communication technology capability (ICT): career research skills: applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT element, investigating with ICT element, creating with ICT element, communicating with ICT element, managing and operating ICT element

  • Critical and creative thinking: inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas element, generating ideas, possibilities and actions element, reflecting on thinking and processes element, analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures element.


The Pathways Planning R unit is recognised by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) as a Personal Development R unit. The assessment of this R unit focuses on time spent participating in Pathways Planning, career learning and attending career practitioner information sessions or interviews.

To receive 0.2 points on the Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate students are required to engage in 11 hours of online and face to face career learning.

To receive 0.5 points on the Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate students are required to engage in 27.5 hours of online and face to face career learning.

R Unit Title: Personal Development


By the end of this unit students will demonstrate the ability to plan and create actions towards a self-identified goal or goals.

Content Descriptions:

  • demonstrate essential knowledge, understandings, skills and capabilities related to the subject
  • apply strategies for effective communication, creativity and problem solving

Suggested Activities:

Pathways Planning website and attendance at career practitioner information session or interviews.

Assessment Criteria:

  1. Required hours of learning are met

  2. Engagement in Pathways Planning

  3. Development of a career action plan.

Student Instructions

The Pathways Planning R unit uses the Pathways website to help you plan your transition through college to your next destination, whether that be further study, work, training or a combination of these. What would you like to achieve and learn in college and beyond? Have you thought about your career pathway beyond college? It is time to explore options, make sound decisions and take action. Your career journey continues.

Most of your plan can be completed off campus but there are times when you are invited to make an appointment to talk to your career practitioner. If you are unsure about how to start this R unit make an appointment to ask questions and discuss the requirements with your career practitioner. If you feel confident, register now on Pathways by accessing: https://pathways.act.edu.au  NB note the password requirements