VCE Vocational Major: Personal Development Skills 1-2
VCE Vocational Major Personal Development Skills (PDS) focuses on youth personal development, self-realisation and active citizenship by exploring the interrelationships between individual and community health and wellbeing. PDS allows students to explore ways to optimise their potential as individuals and as members of their community.
Unit 1: Healthy Individuals
This unit focuses on:
- The development of personal identity, emotional intelligence and the range of factors that influence individual health and wellbeing
- The interrelationship between individual and community health and wellbeing
- The relationship between technology and health and wellbeing
Students develop their critical and creative thinking skills by designing and implementing activities that improve their own health and wellbeing and work as a team to complete a community health and wellbeing project.
Unit 2: Connecting with Community
This unit focuses on:
- The benefits of community participation and how people can work together effectively to achieve a shared goal
- The relationship between active citizenship, empathy, connection to culture and individual health and wellbeing
- The relationship between community issues, social cohesion, health and wellbeing
Students develop an understanding of the importance of clear communication in relation to disseminating health information to the community and investigate the strategies that are used to create positive community change.
Who is it for?
VCE Vocational Major PDS is for students who:
- enjoy applying their knowledge and skills in practical settings such as workplaces, community-based activities and through project work
- are aiming to move into an apprenticeship, traineeship, employment, further training or university via an alternative entrance program.
What do you do?
- participate in problem solving activities such as an escape room experience
- work towards improving their health and wellbeing by setting a SMART goal and focus on achieving that goal during a challenge zone period
- work as a team to develop a collection of reports on local heroes within the community
- review case studies on how communities work together in a cohesive and inclusive manner.
What skills do you need?
Students need to be organised and committed to completing the practical tasks that are set for them. Students will use their planning and goal-setting skills throughout the course.
What skills do you develop?
Personal development skills such as problem solving, conflict resolution, communication and emotional intelligence will be applied throughout the course.
Internet is needed to access this course. All work will be completed and submitted online.
Things to think about
Students are required to regularly submit tasks in order to demonstrate their understanding of each of the learning outcomes for this course.
Evidence of learning is a requirement to obtain a satisfactory result.
Things you can do now
Students are encouraged to make a commitment to completing classwork and meet submissions deadlines this year so that they have established sound study and learning habits in preparation for next year.
There are no requirements prior to the commencement of the course.
Things to have a look at
Find out how Personal Development- Skills fits in with the rest of your VCE VM.