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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Learning for Life and Work Department


Paul Berne (HOD)
Eamonn Graham
Sheena Woods
Jennifer McKeever
Colette Deery
Sinead McKee
Deaglan White

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 and 4.

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 compulsory subject at Key Stage 4 with all pupils following the CCEA syllabus. The subject is divided into four units:

Unit 1 Local and Global Citizenship – which involves the study of

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equality and Social Justice
  • Human Rights
  • NGO’s
  • Democracy in Action

Unit 2 Personal Development- – which involves the study of</strong

  • Health and Drugs Education
  • Concept of Self
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Risk
  • Roles and Responsibilities of parenting
  • Financial Responsibility

Unit 3 Learning for Life and Work- – which involves the study of

  • Work and the Local and Global Economy
  • Recruitment and Selection Practices for employment
  • Personal Career Planning
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship- Self employment

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment Task (60%)- – which involves the study of

  • The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • The Challenges faced by young parents- Financial issues

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 Year 10’s also learn about conflict resolution through a Belfast City Centre mural Bus Tour

Year 11 LLW class present £200 to PIPS after holding an interview with Phillip McTaggart as part of their GCSE controlled assessment on Volunteering.

Single Transferable Vote- Jack wins his LLW class