LLW (Learning for Life and Work)


Mrs. C. McKeever – Co-ordinator – Senior Teacher (Vocational Studies)

Mrs C. O'Neill

Mrs Hewitt

Dr L O’Neill

Mr P Murray

Mr S Curran

General aims

LLW is central in helping young people develop the fundamental skills, knowledge, qualities and dispositions that are pre-requisites for life and work.


The topics studied are covered throughout Years 8, 9 and 10.  All students in Years 8, 9 and 10 study the four subjects discretely: Employability; Citizenship; Personal Development and Home Economics.  All students are assessed continuously in all strands and reported upon.

                                                Topics Covered.

Your health is your wealth! Personal Health

A Home Economics unit that helps young people make informed decisions about their diet.

This Personal Development unit explores personal health through managing emotions.

Who am I? Personal Understanding

In this Local and Global Citizenship unit, pupils explore their own identity, and the identities and diversity within their community.

Dodging Doomsday – Education for Sustainable Development

This unit shows one way how Employability can contribute to Education for Sustainable Development, by investigating how the economy is affected by environmental concerns and issues.

Growing up in Northern Ireland – Citizenship

This Local and Global Citizenship unit examines the contribution that pupils can make to the future of Northern Ireland.

Who do I want to be? Employability

This unit gives pupils the opportunity to consider their strengths and aspirations, and use this to actively plan their future.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Specification           

Learning for Life and work: Modular- five units in total (two controlled assessment tasks / reports and three modular examinations – one for each of the three areas of content). These revised specifications for GCSE Learning for Life and Work are available for first teaching from September 2009.  The first certification of these awards was in August 2011.

Year 11 & Year 12 

Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge and understanding of;

  • Diversity, social inclusion, rights and responsibilities;

  • The role of government and non-governmental organisations in protecting people’s rights;

  • Democratic institutions and processes; how to maximise physical and mental health and well –being;

  • Relationships and sexuality;

  • How to be a discerning consumer;

  • The impact of globalisation on employment;

  • Recruitment and selection procedures;

  • Self-employment

  • The work environment; and

  • The social responsibility of businesses.

These courses provide students with the skills they require to think independently, make informed decisions, and take appropriate action when faced with personal, social, economic and employment issues.

Post 16

AS Citizenship is offered to Year 13 students

Extra-curricular activities

Guest speakers from outside agencies to support the work of GCSE Controlled Assessment, e.g. NGOs; Business organisations

Career opportunities

LLW provides a good foundation for AS / AGCE in the Arts.