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Learning For Life & Work


Learning for Life and Work is a compulsory subject at GCSE level and comprises of three main components:

  • Personal Development

  • Employability

  • Local and Global Citizenship

Within the Learning for Life and Work Department we aim to:

  • Develop skills of independent thinking and informed decision-making.

  • Develop personal, interpersonal, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

  • Develop an understanding of different values and attitudes for working in today’s society.

  • Develop skills and knowledge for lifelong learning.


The course consists of 5 units in total:

  1. Personal Development

  2. Employability

  3. Local and Global Citizenship

  4. Two pieces of Controlled Assessment

Within Personal Development we focus on:

  • Maximising and Sustaining Health and Well-Being

  • Concept of Self

  • Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

  • Recognising, Assessing and Managing Risk

  • Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of Parenting

  • Developing Competence as Discerning Consumers

Within Employability we focus on:

  • The Impact of Globalisation on Employment

  • Recruitment and Selection Practices for Employment

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Employers and Employees

  • Issues of Self-Employment and Sources of Support

Within Local and Global Citizenship we focus on:

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Northern Ireland and the Wider World

  • Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Local, National and Global Issues

  • The Role of Society and Government in Safeguarding Human Rights

  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

  • Key Democratic Institutions and their Role in Promoting Inclusions, Justice and Democracy


Three external written assessed papers based on the above three modules worth 40%.

Two pieces of Controlled Assessment worth 60%.

All candidates have the opportunity of achieving between an A* - G grade at GCSE level.

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