Personal Learning Plan
The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a compulsory 10 credit subject. Students must complete this subject with at least a C grade or they will not be awarded the SACE or be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR).
The PLP is designed to help students plan for their future by researching pathways through senior secondary education to further education and employment.
Students are required to identify the pathway they wish to pursue and to create a plan that will enable them to achieve their study and/or employment goals. This includes developing in areas of study that they may need to qualify for the entrance requirements to particular courses or employment.
While students begin the PLP in Year 9, it is mainly studied at Glenunga in Year 10 during Program X. Although it is a 10 credit course it is completed over the two semesters of Year 10.
Personal Project is an adventure designed, created, and accomplished by the student. The Personal Project is an opportunity for students to express themselves and explore an area of personal interest while demonstrating their development of new skills, depth of understanding and SACE capabilities. Have you ever wanted to master magic tricks, discover your family tree or write a play? Personal Project gives you the scope to pursue a long-term passion or explore a new one!
It is a compulsory semester length SACE subject designed to develop you as an independent learner. The independent learning skills developed in the Personal Project include creativity and innovation, research skills, project management, problem solving, critical thinking and presenting to an audience.
These skills will also help you complete the Research Project, a compulsory SACE Stage 2 subject, or the Extended Essay and CAS in the IB Diploma.
The Research Project is a compulsory 10 credit subject. Students must complete this subject with at least a C minus grade or they will not be awarded the SACE or be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR).
The Research Project score is counted as part of the student’s ATAR for university entrance. It can be found under Cross Disciplinary Studies on the SACE Board Website. Year 10 students prepare for the demands of the Research Project by undertaking the Personal Project. The Research Project gives students the opportunity to pursue in depth an area of study that particularly interests them. It is intended to develop in students the independent learning and research skills required for further study, particularly at university.
In essence, they are required to demonstrate a number of high end research processes and therefore the universities rate the Research Project very highly. Students negotiate their topic with their teacher and must research the knowledge, skills and understandings that are important to that topic and record this in a 10 page Folio. They must then use this research to show their findings in their Outcome. The Evaluation is the final aspect of the assessment process where the student analyses the processes they have used and the skills they have gained.
At Glenunga, students can study the Research Project in Year 11 providing they meet the Requirements for Success, or alternatively it can be studied in Semester 1 of Year 12.