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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Learning for Life and Work Department



Mr P Berne (HOD)
Mrs B Willis
Mr E Graham
Mrs S Woods
Mrs C McCann
Mrs A Mallon

Learning for Life and Work has been included as a key component of the Revised Curriculum because research indicated a need for closer links between the curriculum and the development of skills and capabilities necessary for life and work. It concluded that young people require an engaging and relevant curriculum that:

  • helps them develop as individuals and members of society
  • delivers the skills and capabilities needed for adult life and work
  • helps them cope with the changing global economy
  • helps them learn how to make informed choices

To meet this need, the Revised Curriculum objectives and LLW contribute directly to developing the young person as:

  • an individual
  • a contributor to society
  • a contributor to the economy and environment

In Edmund Rice College, LLW is a compulsory subject in Key Stage 3

LLW at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils study:

  • Personal Development (Form Class)
  • Citizenship
  • Employability

LLW at Key Stage 4

In Edmund Rice College LLW is a subject option at Key Stage 4 with all pupils following the CCEA syllabus. Normally, there are two GCSE classes, such is its popularity. The subject is divided into four units:

Unit 1 Local and Global Citizenship (20% exam) – which involves the study of

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Government and Civil Society
  • Democratic Institutions
  • Democracy in Action
  • The role of NGO’s

Unit 2 Personal Development-(20% exam) – which involves the study of

  • Personal Health and Wellbeing
  • Emotions and Reactions to life experiences
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Personal Safety and Well-being
  • Roles and Responsibilities of parenting
  • Financial Responsibility

Unit 3 Employability (20% exam)- – which involves the study of

  • The impact of globalisation on employment
  • Recruitment and Selection-Preparing for employment
  • Rights and Responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Social Responsibility of businesses
  • Exploring self-employment
  • Personal career management

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment Task (40%)-

To support the teaching of democracy a visit is arranged each year to Stormont buildings. Students also enjoy numerous visits from outside speakers including local entrepreneurs and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

The pupils get to speak with The Fire Brigade as part of careers day

Anti Bullying week 2017- Pupils release balloons in Citizenship with important anti bullying messages.