LLW Co-ordinator: Miss E Patterson

Learning for life and work is an exciting subject that helps pupils become more ‘rounded’ individuals. It focuses on giving pupils practical skills and knowledge that they will be able to draw on throughout their lives.

Learning for Life and Work is split into 3 areas:

  • Employability

  • Citizenship

  • Personal Development

Some of the questions pupils will explore include:

  • What is the point of relationships?

  • What are my values and where do they come from?

  • Why do we need to protect human rights?

  • What is identity?

  • What are the skills and qualities needed for work?

  • What are transferable skills?

  • How do I fire my imagination?

  • How can we promote equality?

  • What is poverty?

  • What are enterprising people like?


The importance of this subject was made evident when it became a compulsory element of the Northern Ireland Curriculum in September 2007.


Personal Development

This subject is delivered to all pupils in Years 8 to 10

It is divided into 10 themes:

  • Health and the Whole Person

  • Feelings and Emotions

  • Managing Influences and Making Decisions

  • Self Concept

  • Managing Change

  • Morals, Values and Beliefs

  • Learning about Learning

  • Safety and Managing Risk

  • Relationships and Sexuality

  • Drugs Awareness

Through these themes pupils get the opportunity to develop a range of skills and capabilities including:

  • Being creative

  • Communication

  • Self Management

  • Working with Others

  • Thinking, problem-solving and decision making

  • Using ICT

  • Managing information

  • Using mathematics


This subject is delivered to all pupils in Years 8 to 10

A range of topics are looked at through this course. Some of the topics include:

  • Citizenship - what’s it all about?

  • Crime

  • Human Rights and social responsibility

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Diversity around me

  • Exploring ethnic diversity

  • Understanding sectarianism


Fivemiletown College have been engaged in delivering an Employability programme in the school for quite some time now. We joined it as part of the Dungannon/Cookstown Pilot programme and it has progressed from Year 8 to Year 10.
In May 2008 the school was awarded Employability Status. Only a small number of schools in the province have been given this privilege.

Our Vision Statement for Employability is:

‘To provide our young people with the opportunities and experiences that allow them to maximise their true potential as individuals, contributors to society and the economy.’

Employability Status means:

That we have been recognised as being an Enterprising school who is committed to providing our students with the best Employability/Careers advice possible
That we have developed formal and practical links with external organisations, for example local businesses and universities
That we are looking at ways of encouraging Employability across all subject areas, and
That we are ensuring that Employability is relevant to children and teachers at all key stages.

Employability provides the pupils with the opportunity to discuss and research many different career options and helps them to develop skills that they will require when looking for a job and in the future.

This new and exciting qualification is split into 5 units:

Unit 1 Controlled Assessment
- This involves the student preparing and completing a report on Personal Development.
- This will be submitted at the end of Year 11.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment
- This involves the student preparing and completing a report on either Local and Global Citizenship or Employability
- This will be submitted at the end of Year 12.

Unit 3 Local and Global Citizenship
You will study:

  • Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland

  • Rights and responsibilities regarding local, national and global issues

  • The role of society and government in safeguarding human rights

  • Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

  • Democratic institutions and their roles.

Unit 4 Personal Development
You will study:

  • How to keep well in both mind and body

  • How to build healthy relationships

  • How to recognise and manage risk

  • How to be a good parent

  • How to develop your skills as a consumer.

Unit 5 Employability
You will study:

  • The impact of the global economy on the job market

  • How to apply and prepare for a job interview

  • The rights and responsibilities of employers and employees

  • The advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed

  • The agencies that provide support to employers.

‘Through the study of real life situations and scenarios students are provided with opportunities to explore and express their own values and attitudes concerning human rights, social and economic responsibilities and develop an appreciation of the needs and perspectives of others. This qualification is designed to enable students to develop their understanding of the challenges and opportunities of cultural, political, economic, personal and social issues in contemporary society and the skills associated with critical evaluation, choices, informed decision making and action.’ – CCEA


The GCSE consists of three externally assessed units –

  • Local and Global Citizenship

  • Personal Development

  • Employability

The pupils sit written examination papers in each of these units (45 minutes in duration).

Units 1 and 2 are assessed internally through a controlled assessment.

Breakdown of the Marks

Unit 1: Report 1 30%
Unit 2: Report 2 30%
Unit 3: Local and Global Citizenship Paper 13.3%
Unit 4: Personal Development Paper 13.3%
Unit 5: Employability Paper 13.3%
Total Marks 100%


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