Activating Identities and Futures


Beginning in 2025, Activating Identities and Futures (AIF) will replace Research Project at Stage 2.   Students who achieve a ‘C’ grade or better in the subject will be awarded 10 SACE credits.  AIF is a compulsory subject and is a requirement for SACE achievement.

Course Description

Activating Identities and Futures is a 10-credit subject at Stage 2. Activating Identities and Futures aims to foster independent learning and the skills of lifelong learning in students. The belief that students have the ability and the will to positively influence their own lives and the world around them is integral to the course. This subject supports students to be more proactive and reflective in their learning and to develop and use a broad set of transferable learning strategies.

Activating Identities and Futures requires students to take greater ownership and agency over their learning as they select, test, and explore relevant strategies and perspectives in the pursuit of a Learning Goal of their choice. They seek feedback on their learning processes, become metacognitive about their thinking, and make informed decisions to enhance their learning.

Course Content

Each student will have a different learning journey that they tailor to their Learning Goal. Approaches, contexts, and strategies will vary to suit the individual student. Students showcase the achievement of their Learning Goal with an Output of Learning. An Output of Learning, for example, could be a plan for future action, a proposal for a service or social enterprise, an oral explanation, a demonstration of a skill, or a completed product such as an artwork, report, academic article, or short video.

Both the Learning Goal and the Output of Learning need to have purpose and value for the student, others, and/or the broader community. Students will develop greater awareness and understanding of their own thought processes, decision making, and organisation in relation to the learning process. These understandings are often enhanced by feedback from peers, mentors, and teachers as coagents, and are critical in the development of metacognition and self-regulation. These skills build upon the capabilities, strategies, and insights developed in Stage 1 Exploring Identities and Futures


Stage 2 subjects have a school assessment component and an external assessment component.

The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Activating Identities and Futures:

School assessment

· Assessment Type 1 Portfolio 35%

· Assessment Type 2 Progress Checks 35% External assessment

· Assessment Type 3 Appraisal 30%