Personal Learning Plan

The Personal Learning Plan is a Stage 1 subject, usually studied in Year 10. It is worth 10 credits, and you need to achieve a C grade or better to gain your SACE.

What's the plan?

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) gives you the chance to identify your plans and goals for the future, and helps you make informed decisions about your personal development, education, and training.

If you have a career already in mind, the PLP offers an opportunity to explore your options for university, TAFE, and apprenticeship or traineeship courses.

If you don't know what you want to do yet, you can explore the careers that might interest you. This is an opportunity to think about the kinds of subjects you might study to give you the most choices in the future.


As part of the PLP, you will identify your strengths and areas for development, investigate potential pathways, and figure out how you are going to get there.

You will keep a record of your learning in a folio and review your goals.

The capabilities

The PLP is your introduction to the seven capabilities:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • information and communications technology
  • critical and creative thinking
  • personal and social
  • ethical understanding
  • intercultural understanding.

You will learn what capabilities you need as well as how to develop and improve them.

Choosing your subjects

The PLP is particularly useful when it comes to subject selection for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Some university courses require you to study prerequisite subjects, so it is helpful to know which Stage 1 subjects lead into particular Stage 2 subjects.

You can also look at the benefits of including vocational education and training (VET) in your SACE.