Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is central in helping young people develop the fundamental skills, knowledge, qualities and dispositions that are needed for life and work. This area of learning contains the contributory strands of: Employability, Local and Global Citizenship and Personal Development.  Learning for Life and Work gives pupils the opportunity to investigate and question the world and choices made by leaders of the world.  It gives them a chance to develop their own thinking skills and personal capabilities.  They are challenged to manage information, make decisions and solve problems, be creative, work with others and work independently.  

In St Mary’s all pupils study these three areas at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  Learning for Life and Work is also a very popular option at GCSE.  We have also introduced Preparation for Adult Life (PAL), which is a Level 2 qualification.  The popularity of PAL has grown considerably in the last three years.

Department Staff

Miss S Bartlett (Head of Department)

Mrs S Barry (GCSE)

Miss C Mallon (GCSE)

Mr E Magee (Preparation for Adult Life)

Key Stage 3 Citizenship

Miss S Bellew

Mrs J Grant

Miss M Kirkpatrick

Mrs L Little

Miss O McCann

Mr B Morgan

Mr A Twohig

Mrs G Williams

Key Stage 3 Citizenship


In Key Stage 3 students have 1 lesson of Citizenship per fortnight:

Year 8

  • Characteristics and Features of an Ideal World

  • Differences and Individuality

  • Cultural Identity

  • Prejudice and Discrimination

  • The Role of the Government

  • Unicef

  • Local and Global Charity

Year 9

  • Inclusion and Exclusion

  • Promoting Equality

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Local and Global Poverty

Year 10

  • Democracy

  • Government in Northern Ireland

  • Participation and Human Rights

  • Laws in our Society



Learning for Life and Work is an exciting GCSE subject which embraces aspects of our personal/human development and social performance.  It encourages maturity, fosters open mindedness and supports understanding and involvement in the political decision making processes which affect us as individuals in a democratic society.  More specifically it provides the tools with which we equip ourselves to cope with the challenges of living, working and participating positively in modern society.

Course Structure & Assessment


The examination board is CCEA.  The course is made up of 3 modules:


Personal Development




Each module will be examined individually over the 2 years of study.

The course also includes one Controlled Assessment Task, completed in Year 12.

Personal Development Employability Citizenship - 60%

CAT - 40%

Local and Global Citizenship

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Government and Civil Society

  • Democratic Institutions

  • Democracy and Active Participation

  • The Role of NGOs

Personal Development

  • Personal Health and Well-being

  • Emotions and Reactions to Life Experiences

  • Relationships and Sexuality

  • Personal Safety and Well-being

  • Responsible Parenting

  • Making Informed Financial Decisions


  • The Impact of Globalisation on Employment

  • Preparing for Employment

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Employers and Employees

  • Social Responsibility of Businesses

  • Exploring Self-Employment

  • Personal Career Management

Preparation for Adult Life


PAL is an exciting subject which helps pupils to develop personal skills such as self-awareness, personal health and relationships.  It combines elements of local and global citizenship, personal   development and employability.  Pupils are given the opportunity to apply their learning in a practical context and explore the world around us.  PAL is a Level 2 qualification.  To achieve a ‘Pass’ you must complete all 13 units of work over the two years of study.  A ‘Pass’ is equivalent to a C grade at GCSE.


  • Unit 1: Diversity and Social Inclusion

  • Unit 2: Democracy and Democratic Participation

  • Unit 3: Human Rights and Social Responsibility

  • Unit 4: Equality and Social Justice


  • Unit 5: Preparation for Work

  • Unit 6: Business in the Community

  • Unit 7: Effective Work Practice

  • Unit 8: Globalisation and the Labour Market

Personal & Social Development

  • Unit 9:   Self-Development

  • Unit 10: Roles and Responsibilities of Parents

  • Unit 11: Healthy Relationships

  • Unit 12: Maintaining Personal Health and Well-Being

  • Unit 13: Effective Financial Management

Extra-Curricular Provision


After school revision classes

After school Controlled Assessment catch up sessions

Year 13 Charity group

Facilities & Resources

Careers Information

Studying Learning for Life and Work can lead to careers in accounting, banking, retail, research, human resources, health and social care, government, small business and to self-employment as an entrepreneur.

However, this qualification is useful for any career as we cover topics about employment and personal career management.

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