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Life Skills

All students are entitled to participate in and progress through the curriculum. Life Skills courses provide course options for students with special education needs in Years 7–12 who cannot access the regular course outcomes, particularly students with an intellectual disability.


Before deciding that a student should study a Life Skills course, consider other ways of helping the student to engage with regular course outcomes. On this page you can find more information about eligibility, and advice about making the decision for a student to study one or more Life Skills course.

Read more about eligibility.

Course options

Students can study one or more Life Skills courses at any time during Years 7–12. The appropriate timing of the decision to study a Life Skills course is guided by the needs of the student and the collaborative curriculum planning process.

Read more about course options.

Planning and programming

When it has been decided that a student should study one or more Life Skills courses, school planning should address a number of points. Here you will also find advice about programming, including a step-by-step programming guide.

Read more about planning and programming.

Assessment and reporting

Assessment should provide opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement in relation to the selected Life Skills outcomes. It can occur in a range of situations or environments such as the school and wider community. 

Read more about assessment and reporting.


Life Skills courses can be used to meet the requirements for a Record of School Achievement and Higher School Certificate.

Read more about credentialing Life Skills courses.

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