Career and course options

SubjectWork Studies YearYear 10 CurriculumAC v8.4 Time90

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In this activity, students consider different career options and shortlist suitable courses for a number of individuals, including themselves. Having selected a course, they learn about the HELP scheme, how it supports Australians to further their study or training and the obligations of HELP debtors.

Australian Curriculum or Syllabus

Achievement Standard

By the end of Year 10 students explain the relationship between changing circumstances, learning and 21st century work opportunities and identify the skills needed to manage changes. They evaluate work-related communication tools and analyse the skills and capacities needed for 21st century work including appropriate communication skills, collaboration and teamwork. Students explain the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills and a distinct profile to access and manage 21st century work opportunities and challenges. Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. They analyse emerging 21st century work arrangements and the resultant changing relationships between participants, the opportunities arising and the skills needed for these emerging work
arrangements. Students explain the roles of agencies associated with employment support. They outline 21st century approaches to recruitment and selection, and skills required in responding to them. Students explain the benefits of different cultural perspectives in managing work and problem-solving.
They identify possible tensions arising in work-related contexts and understand the approaches to resolve conflicts and tensions.

Students process the skills required to manage change and transition. They select learning strategies and career information and sources and evaluate and align their personal capacities. They select and apply appropriate communication methods in a range of contexts. Students form and work in teams on a range of work-related tasks and observe and incorporate the skills needed to work collaboratively. They apply entrepreneurial skills to plan, implement and complete a negotiated action project. Students evaluate their findings, propose actions, make recommendations and present these to an audience of stakeholders. They synthesise increased self-knowledge and career information to school and career-based decisions and create potential career scenarios. Students research a range of information and data to identify trends in work arrangements emerging over time and evaluate agencies and organisations that support various employment situations. Students practise using and responding to 21st century recruitment and selection tools, methods and skills for accessing real and created work opportunities. Students collect and interpret information on different cultural approaches to ways of working. They explain the importance of culturally diverse workplaces to managing work, work relationships and productivity. Students apply conflict resolution methods and skills to work-related contexts.

Content descriptions

Explain how potential changes in circumstances impact on when, how and why you might learn (ACWSCL020).

Apply knowledge of self to career decision-making processes (ACWSCL032).

Use career decision-making processes to filter career scenarios (ACWSCL033)

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Types of qualifications


Get your deductions right


HELP Information video



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Choosing what and where to study


Choosing what and where to study


HELP scheme

How to

Writing paragraphs in Work Studies

Suggested activity sequence

This sequence is intended as a framework to be modified and adapted by teachers to suit the needs of a class group. If you assign this activity to a class, your students will be assigned all student resources on their 'My learning' page. You can also hand-pick the resources students are assigned by selecting individual resources when you add a work item to a class in 'My classes'.

Part A: Choosing a course

  1. Display and explain the visualiser.
  2. Brainstorm what factors students should consider before applying for a course at a university or a college. Possibilities include:
    • location
    • duration
    • ATAR
    • quality of the educational institution
    • job prospects
    • salary
  3. As a class, read through the instructions and clarify any questions students have.
  4. Students complete the Choosing what and where to study – Worksheet.
  5. Invite students to present and justify their shortlist to the class.

Part B: The HELP system

  1. Brainstorm what students already know about HELP. Possible prompts include:
    • Can you get a loan to pay for study?
    • What kinds of loans are there?
    • Who gives you the loan?
    • Who can get a loan?
    • Can you study for free?
    • Why not just get a loan from a bank?
  2. Play: Meredith. This video is about how the Study Assist website can HELP you find out all you need to know about what government assistance is available to finance your tertiary study.
  3. Students complete the HELP scheme – Worksheet.
    Refer students to the paragraph model.
  4. Invite students to share the ideas in their paragraphs.

Part C: Repaying a loan

  1. Brainstorm what students already know about replaying a HELP loan. Possible prompts include:
    • Do you have to pay for your universities fees upfront?
    • If you got a HELP loan, do you have to pay it back?
    • How do you pay back a HELP debt?
    • When do you pay back a HELP debt?
  2. Play: HELP information. This video provides information about HELP.
  3. Invite students to think about the following questions and then play the HELP scheme Kahoot to test student understanding.
    • The HELP scheme supports Australians to further their study or training.
    • If you got a HELP loan, do you have to pay it back?
    • How do you pay back a HELP debt?
    • When do you pay back a HELP debt?
    • If you make $18,000 working part time, will you have to make a payment on your HELP debt.