Professional Learning Plan


Students will commence the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) studies in Year 10 by undertaking the Personal Learning Plan, a compulsory subject in the SACE.

The Personal Learning Plan will help students:

  • Identify and research career paths and options
  • Choose appropriate SACE subjects and courses based on plans for future work and study
  • Consider and access subjects and courses available in and beyond school
  • Review strengths and areas students need to work on, including literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
  • Identify goals and plans for improvement
  • Review and adjust plans to achieve goals.

The Personal Learning Plan will contribute 10 credits towards the required total of 200 credits in the SACE. As it is a compulsory subject in the SACE, students must achieve a C grade or better.


The content includes:

  • The SACE Capabilities
  • Specific content.

The SACE capabilities are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding.

Specific Content (suggested topics)

  • Learning Skills
  • Thinking Skills and Techniques
  • Planning and Decision-making Skills
  • Communication
  • Work Skills
  • Social Living and Responsibility
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Interpersonal and Relationship Skills


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based and moderated by the SACE board.

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. Teachers use performance standards to decide how well each student has demonstrated his or her learning.

Students provide evidence of their learning through a set of four to five assessments. These may be presented in an integrated format, such as a portfolio and discussion.