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Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Course Length: 10-credit
Learning Area: Cross-disciplinary (Compulsory)

Where does it lead?

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a compulsory 10-credit subject. The PLP helps students plan for their future by helping them to make informed decisions about:

  • the subjects they will study in Years 11 and 12, and any course outside of school
  • possible career choices and ideas for community service
  • how best to prepare for their career options and other goals

Students normally begin the PLP in Year 10 so that they can plan for successful learning in Years 11 and 12 and beyond. Students must achieve a C grade or better to successfully complete the PLP.

What is in the course?

The PLP may include the following: learning skills, thinking skills and techniques, research skills, planning and decision-making skills, communication, work skills, social living and responsibility, culture and knowledge, personal characteristics, interpersonal and relationship skills, health and well-being.

Teachers design a set of assessments that enable students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and understanding they have developed to meet the learning requirements of the PLP. These performance standards are used to decide how well each student has demonstrated his or her learning, based on the evidence provided through assessments. Students provide this evidence of their learning through a variety of assessments formats.

Students commence at USC with a variety of experiences with their PLP – most have completed, some have started, some have yet to begin.

For those who have not completed their PLP, we ask students to provide us with material from their PLPs from Year 10. All students are asked to provide material from their PLP for their enrolment interviews. For those who have not completed, the enrolment interview itself provides part of one assessment tasks for the PLP. Those students who require extra tasks to complete their PLPs will have the opportunity during Semester 1, with the assessment undertaken off-line.

A more detailed description can be obtained from the SACE Website.


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