Learning for Life & Work

Learning for Life and Work is a modular subject which is comprised of three strands – Local and Global Citizenship, Personal Development and Employability.

This subject aims to help pupils develop skills, knowledge and qualities which will enable them to think independently, make informed decisions, and take appropriate action when faced in the future with personal, social, economic and employment issues.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study a module of each strand in each year. There is a significant emphasis on active learning, group work and discussion and, in Year 10, pupils visit the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont to observe democratic processes in action. Each module is assessed through completion of coursework and a short test.

At Key Stage 4, all pupils work towards the CCEA GCSE in Learning for Life and Work. The three strands are taught separately and Controlled Assessments are undertaken in the Citizenship and Personal Development strands, which together form 60% of the final grade. Pupils also take exam papers in each of the three strands (together making up 40% of the final grade). The modular nature of the course permits for the completion of over 40% of the assessed work during Year 11.