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Welcome to the Learning for Life and Work Department


Department Staff

HOD Mrs C Brown

Mrs M Arkins

Mr M. Williamson

Mrs L. Curran-Malone

Miss D. Burns

Miss C. Murray

Mr C. Murphy

Ms D. Magee




Key Stage 3

Learning for Life and Work is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It has three subject strands: Employability, Local and Global Citizenship and Personal Development.

Learning for Life and Work builds on Personal Development and Mutual Understanding at primary and aims to bring closer links between the curriculum and the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are necessary for life and work. Its main objectives are to develop young people as individuals, as contributors to society, and as contributors to the economy and the environment.

Learning for Life and Work is taught in carousel in Years 8 and 9 and covers Local and Global Citizenship and Personal Development. In Year 10 the course covers the Employability component of the curriculum.



GCSE Learning for Life and Work


This subject aims to encourage students to

  • Be inspired, moved and challenged by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course
  • Develop as individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities that personal, social, cultural, political and economic issues pose in our society
  • Develop an understanding of the variety of attitudes, needs and perspectives that exist in their own and other communities, both locally and globally
  • Develop the skills required to think independently, make informed decisions and take appropriate courses of action in relation to personal, social, economic and employment issues

This is a modular GCSE comprising of 3 written papers (60%) and 1 controlled assessment tasks (40%).  The controlled assessment tasks can be chosen from two of LLW’s three areas of study. The controlled assessment tasks are completed in Year 12.

The specification has four units:

Unit 1: Local and Global Citizenship (20%)

Written paper x 60 minutes completed in May of Year 11.  Topics include:

  • 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 inclusion, justice and democracy
Unit 2: Personal Development (20%)

Written paper x 60 minutes completed in May of Year 11.  Topics include:

  • 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
Unit 3: Employability (20%)

Written paper x 60 minutes completed in May of Year 12.  Topics include:

  • 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
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Task (40%)

Controlled Assessment started in June of Year 11 and completed in Year 12


Preparation for Adult Life (PAL)

CCEA have developed this specification to contribute to meeting the statutory requirements for Learning for Life and Work at Key Stage 4.

The specification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop personal skills such as self-awareness, personal health and relationships;
  • Develop an understanding of:
  • roles and responsibilities of parents;
  • diversity and inclusion, human rights and social responsibility, and equality and social justice;
  • work in the local and global economy;
  • social, economic and cultural issues;
  • relationships at work and diversity within the workplace;
  • sustainable development, health and safety considerations; and
  • the impact of globalisation on work opportunities;
  • Develop employability skills; and
  • Apply their learning in a practical context

This course consists of 13 units.  All units must be completed to receive the L2 Certificate in Preparation for Adult Life. A portfolio of evidence is required for each unit, and a total of 130 guided learning hours.  Centre Assessed and externally moderated.


Units 1 – 4  Citizenship

40 Hours Guided Learning Time required.  Units covered are:

  • Diversity & Social Inclusion
  • Democracy & Democratic Participation
  • Human Rights & Social Responsibility
Equality & Social Justice
Units 5 - 8   Employability

40 Hours Guided Learning Time required.  Units covered are:

  • Preparation for Work
  • Business in the Community
  • Effective Work Practice
Globalisation & the Labour Market
Units 9 – 13 Personal & Social Development

50 Hours Guided Learning Time required.  Units required are:

  • Self-Development
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Parents
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Maintaining Personal & Mental Well-Being
Effective Financial Management