By being explicit about possible links with other learning areas, the Work Studies Years 9–10 curriculum enriches the learning in those areas and contributes to the level of student work readiness.
The curriculum provides opportunities for schools to develop an interdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching which draws on teacher expertise and provides students with modelling of skills such as creativity, innovation, problem-solving, collaboration and flexibility.
The curriculum has very strong links with English and Mathematics. Language, literacy and numeracy skills are basic requirements of any workplace and the curriculum specifically targets their further development. The Australian Curriculum enables English and Mathematics teachers to make connections to the Work Studies Years 9–10 curriculum by choosing work-related and workplace contexts in which to develop the learning area knowledge, understanding and skills. In English, this may involve analysing and responding to workplace reports, or preparing texts for specific workplace requirements. In Mathematics, teachers could contextualise learning by asking students to analyse and respond to data relating to productivity or employment, salaries, income, expenditure, budgets and taxation. All of these are relevant to personal finance and project management.
There is a strong synergy between Economics and Business and Work Studies. The two subjects are complementary in the way they approach work. While the emphasis in Economics and Business is on the creation and maintenance of profitable and sustainable enterprises, Work Studies concentrates on the knowledge and skills required of individuals to be successfully engaged in work.
In Science, the strand ‘Science as a human endeavour’ enables students to apply science in a work setting and allows for exploration of the range of career paths in the science field.
The History curriculum explores how the nature of work changed following the Industrial Revolution. It looks at the history of trade and employment across time and regions of the world.
In Geography, students learn about reasons behind migration, within and between countries, and the economic and employment factors that contribute to migration. The integration of population and economic geography leads to consideration of the factors that create wellbeing and also factors that lead to inequalities in human development and welfare.
The study of languages can develop an appreciation of cultural diversity and intercultural understanding. Work Studies considers both of these in relation to workplaces.
The links between Health and Physical Education are most apparent through the development of self-knowledge, self-management, self-confidence and resilience.
Students can identify the importance of skills associated with working in the domains of the Arts, including creativity, flexibility and innovation. They may also investigate the career, work and business opportunities these domains can provide.
Technologies provide much of the reason for change in workplaces. The knowledge and skills students gain from digital and design technologies equip them well to explore their use in workplaces and apply them appropriately.
Civics and Citizenship provides opportunities to examine the nature of laws relating to workplaces and why these laws are promulgated. It also allows for consideration of the benefits of work for individuals and communities.