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 learn about 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. The Revised GCSE beginning in Sept 2017 is delivered as follows:
- In Year Yr 11 pupils study the Citizenship and Employability modules, sitting the external exams in these courses in May.
- In Yr 12 pupils study the Personal Development module, completing a Controlled Assessment and sitting the external exam in May.
- Overall, the Controlled Assessment is worth 40% of the final grade and the examined components 60%
- The modular nature of the course permits for the completion of 40% of the total assessment during Year 11.
Year 10 Visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly
The subject covers a range of topics which all have one thing in common – they are essential for pupils to know to live in the real world. The subject divides into three sections:
|1. Local and Global Citizenship|
|In this topic pupils will learn about how society works and what part they have to play.|
|2. Personal Development|
|In this topic pupils will learn about some of the dangers on teenage and adult life, avoid them and how to make wise choices.|
|3. Education for Employability|
|This topic allows pupils to explore their career options and even how they could start their own business.|
60% of your GCSE mark for this subject consists of coursework. They have two activities to complete as part of this coursework.
It is important that pupils stay on top of this coursework during the year; they can use the coursework planner inside this booklet to assist them in organising themselves.