Pathways and Careers Portfolio (Year 11-13)

Developing your careers and pathways plan is an important skill in a senior secondary school environment. In undertaking this learning programme, you will have activities to complete with your LA, with your parents and on your own. You will develop your skills in the Student Career Management Competencies

Five vocational pathways have been developed and are designed to improve the relevance of learning for you by indicating how your learning and achievement is valued by broad sectors of the workforce. The five vocational pathways are:

Each pathway also comes with recognised assessment standards that have been recommended by industries across the sector. Investigating the pathways as well as the links between skills and competencies across them is one way of planning for your future success.

Planning your own pathway through senior secondary school can help you match your strengths to the type of industries that value your skills, as well as develop a broader understanding of skills that readily transfer across sectors. It is also relevant to consider the current Occupation Outlook when exploring your possible pathways.

The Pathways and Careers Portfolio course at Ormiston Senior College consists of:

Unit Standard 12383 (Version 3, Level 2, Credits 3) - Explore career options and their implications

People credited with this unit are able to: investigate career options; explore areas of learning that support identified career options; and reflect on achievability of selected career options.

Unit Standard 7121 (Version 3, Level 2, Credits 2) - Demonstrate skills to search, access, and select information

People credited with this unit are able to: identify the purpose and scope of a search for information; gather and select information; and review the processes undertaken to search, access, and select information.

Unit Standard 10781 (Version 3, Level 2, Credits 3) - Produce a plan for own future directions

People credited with this unit are able to: gather information for a personal profile; investigate and identify options to arrive at decisions for own future directions; and produce a plan for achieving future directions.

Unit Standard 4251 (Version 3, Level 3, Credits 2) - Plan a career pathway

People credited with this unit are able to: identify and describe career pathways; describe career development and management strategies; and produce a plan to follow a career pathway.


Your Pathways and Careers Portfolio is a combination of resources and activities (discussions, attendance at events, online investigations and written worksheets) designed to give you the skills and knowledge to understand:

    • Who you are and how you operate best

    • The possibilities and opportunities available in the future

    • The realities and practicalities of study, training and work in New Zealand

    • Processes for making decisions and planning for your future

Your portfolio is assessed based on your understanding of the resources and completion of the activities. All necessary elements must be signed-off by your teacher.

As a 'rule of thumb' one NCEA credit equates to approximately 10 hours of learning. So, your portfolio is a commitment of about 3 hours each week during Term 1, 2 and 3 if you intend to be assessed against all 10 credits. You may choose to complete less learning and be assessed against fewer than all 10 credits. Year 11 students, for example, may choose to learn the skills and be assessed against US 12383 and US 7121 in order to balance their workload. Year 13 students, for example, may aim only to complete the learning for the two Level 3 credits involved with US 4251.