Stage 5 Vocational Pathways

Skills for Vocational Pathways is designed for Stage 5 students who need skills to prepare for a vocational pathway qualification or further foundation skills development. It is suitable for individuals who require:

  • a pathway to employment and further vocational training
  • reading, writing, oral communication, learning and numeracy skills primarily aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 2
  • entry level digital technology and employability skills
  • education, training and employment goals.

FSK10219 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways

Students who successfully complete all the units of competency in the course will be eligible for the full qualification.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 100 hour course that runs over 1 year in either Year 9 or 10.


NESA Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course for Stage 5 students. It can contribute to the Record of School Achievement  (RoSA).

Work Placement

There is no mandatory NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) work placement component for Stage 5 VET courses. However, work placement may be required for school-based assessments.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 11 units: 1 Core, 10 Electives:

  • FSKLRG008 Use simple strategies for work related learning
  • FSKOCM003 Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work
  • FSKRDG005 Read and respond to simple and familiar workplace procedures
  • FSKNUM008 Use whole numbers and simple fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • FSKNUM009 Use familiar and simple metric measurements for work
  • FSKDIG002 Use digital technology for routine and simple workplace task
  • BSBDAT201 Collect and record data
  • FSKRDG007 Read and respond to simple workplace information
  • FSKWTG005 Write simple workplace formatted texts
  • FSKWTG006 Write simple workplace information
  • FSKLRG003 Use short and simple strategies for career planning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Further Study

Students can continue into Stage 6 Business Services course.

Career Information

Job Roles

  • Administration Assistant
  • Clerical Worker
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Information Desk Clerk
  • Office Junior
  • Receptionist
  • Duties and Tasks
  • Personal Attributes

Duties and Tasks

  • Administrative assistants may perform the following tasks:
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail to areas and staff within the organisation and dispatch outgoing mail
  • Write business letters, reports or office memos using word processing programmes
  • Answer telephone enquiries from customers, attend to visitors and assist other staff in the organisation with their enquiries
  • Operate a range of office machines such as photocopiers, computers and faxes
  • File papers and documents
  • Undertake other duties such as banking, credit control or payroll functions

Personal Attributes

  • Able to work methodically, accurately and neatly
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Neat personal appearance.

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