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Work education

Work Education 7–10

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Work Education is an elective course that can be studied for 100 or 200 hours at any time during Years 7–10.

Course Description

Work Education provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills regarding the world of work including an awareness of work readiness and employer expectations, the roles and purpose of a range of sectors including education, training and employment organisations and an appreciation of the role of lifelong learning in planning and managing pathways.

The Work Education Years 7–10 course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with special education needs.

What will students learn about?

The core content is arranged in two parts:

Core Part 1 – Preparing Futures


  • Transition Planning
  • What is Work?
  • Introduction to Workplace Safety
  • Enterprise Initiatives

Core Part 2 – Working Communities


  • Workplace Rights and Responsibilities
  • Exploring Post-school Pathways
  • Technology and Communication
  • Partnerships in the Community

Students completing the 100 hour course may study either Core Part 1 or Core Part 2 and a minimum of three options or Core Part 1 and Core Part 2 and two options.

Students completing the 200 hour course will study both Core Part 1 and Core Part 2 and a minimum of six options.

All 100-hour courses must include the mandatory topic Introduction to Workplace Safety to ensure an understanding of occupational health and safety issues.

In addition students will study selected Options that cater for specific needs and interests. The Options cover areas such as technology, transitions, community participation, communication and partnerships. The Work Education syllabus encourages the integration of work and community based learning opportunities. 

What will students learn to do?

Students will learn to research a range of work related issues, for example employment trends and participation rates. Students will learn to communicate using a range of techniques targeting specific audiences, for example employers. Students will learn employability skills, which include communication skills, teamwork, ICTs, and problem solving. Students will learn enterprise skills including taking the initiative in workplace contexts. Students will learn to plan and manage their own pathways including the range of life transitions.

Record of School Achievement

Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of study in Work Education during Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of School Achievement (ROSA).

Students undertaking a course based on Life Skills outcomes and content are not allocated a grade.

Further information about the Record of School Achievement (ROSA) can be found on the NESA website.