Academic Information

LFLW & Public Services

Aims

  • Help students develop as individuals, members of, and contributors to society

  • Deliver the skills and capabilities needed for adult life and work

  • Equip students to make informed choices

  • Develop the ability to think and interact in ways that take account of their own needs and also the well-being of others who may be affected by their actions

  • Develop critical thinking skills

Staff

Mrs L Hesbrook
Miss N Livingston
Mr N O’Loan
Mr J Smith
Mrs J Summers
Miss J Brown (Art)
Miss L Crawford ( Learning Support)
Mr M Hancock ( Learning Support)
Mrs C McGorman ( Learning Support)
Miss R Black ( Learning Support)
Miss E Sykes ( Learning Support)

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the Learning for Life and Work course comprises of 3 main strands:

  • Personal Development

  • Local and Global Citizenship

  • Education for Employability

The topics covered in each strand are:

  • Personal Development

  • Health and the Whole Person

  • What is Health?

  • How can I manage my feelings appropriately

  • What influences me?

  • What can drugs do?

  • Morals values and beliefs, managing stress, drugs awareness

  • Who am I?

  • What values are important to me?

  • Managing change

  • How can I form healthy relationships?

  • Health, Learning and the future me

  • How can I be healthy?

  • How do I learn best?

  • What changes are in my future?

  • What relationships am I ready for?

  • Sharp alcohol project

Local and Global Citizenship

  • What is Citizenship?

  • What is Identity?

  • How is N Ireland Ethnically diverse?

  • What is Global diversity?

  • How is identity expressed in N Ireland

  • What is sectarianism?

  • What is Racism?

  • What happens when conflict gets unmanageable?

  • How does my School manage diversity?

  • What are human rights?

  • Why do we need to protect human rights?

  • How can we tackle poverty in N Ireland?

  • What is Equality

  • What causes discrimination?

  • What is social justice?

  • What is the role of the equality commission?

  • How do NGOs promote Equality?

  • How can laws be enforced?

  • Why should I take action in a democracy?

Education for Employability

  • Introduction to Employability

  • Introduction to Career Planning

  • Enterprise Activity

  • What types of job are there?

  • What skills and qualities do I have?

  • Working in the local and global economy

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

  • What skills and qualities have I developed?

  • What next subject and career choices?

  • Review of personal skills and qualities

  • CVs

  • Labour Market Trends

  • Personal Career Planning

All of these topics are covered by the end of Key Stage 3. The subject specific skills required for success at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 are developed throughout Key Stage 3. In each year of their Key stage 3 study pupils will also complete the All-stars programme. This is a tailor made programme designed to promote positive decision making and helping students to envision a positive future for themselves and how they might achieve this.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Learning for Life and Work

Exam Board: CCEA. 60% Controlled Assessment: 2 pieces of work, over 2 years:

  • 3 modules externally examined:13.33%

  • Personal Development: 13.33%

  • Local and Global Citizenship: 13.33%

  • Education for Employability: 13.33%

All Pupils study Learning for Life and Work at Key stage 4 and complete a course to maximise their potential.

Year 11

Term 1 -Unit 1 Controlled Assessment project:

  • Personal Development

  • Local and Global Citizenship

  • Education for Employability

30% internally set and marked, externally moderated

Term 2 - PD Examined by external exam 13.33%

  • Understanding how to maximise and sustain health and well-being

  • Concept of self, managing emotions and reactions

  • Recognising, assessing and managing risk

  • Understanding relationships and sexuality, and the responsibilities of healthy relationships

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of parenting

  • Developing further competence as discerning consumers in preparation for independent living

Term 3 - Unit 2 Controlled Assessment project 2 – PD/Cit /Emp 30%

Year 12

Term 1 - Local and Global Citizenship Examined by external exam 13.33%

  • Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland and the wider world

  • Rights and social responsibilities, in relation to local, national and global issues

  • The role of society and government in safeguarding rights

  • Non-governmental organisations

  • Key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion, justice and democracy

  • Understanding how to participate in a range of democratic processes

Term 2- Education for Employability Examined by external exam 13%

  • The impact of globalisation on employment

  • Recruitment and selection procedures, taking into account the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers

  • Self-employment and relevant sources of support

  • Maintaining an effective working environment

  • Investigating the increasing social responsibility of business in the community

PSE Certificate Level 2, GCSE Equivalent

Exam Board: AQA. 100% Portfolio, internally assessed and externally moderated.

Pupils complete seven units from a choice of 12, four units are completed and submitted in Year 11 and the final three units are completed and submitted in Year 12.

  • Unit 1: Personal Action Planning

  • Unit 2: Drugs Education

  • Unit 3: Sex and Relationship Education

  • Unit 4: Personal Finance

  • Unit 5: Emotional Wellbeing

  • Unit 6: Healthy Lifestyle

  • Unit 7: Making Informed Career Choices

  • Unit 8: Applying for Jobs and Courses

  • Unit 9: Relationships, Behaviour and Practices in the Workplace

  • Unit 10: Being Safe

  • Unit 11: Being a Critical Consumer

  • Unit 12: Introduction to Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination

GCSE Preparation for Working Life

Exam Board: AQA. 100% External examination. Paper 1 is worth 70% and paper 2 is worth 30%. Both exams are taken at the end of Year 12. The course consists of 8 compulsory units detailed below:

  • Personal awareness

  • Healthy lifestyles for work-life balance

  • Relationships and the differences between people

  • The world of work

  • Applying for jobs and courses

  • Economic and financial aspects of life

  • Employment opportunities

  • Personal safety and safeguarding

BTEC Level 2 Award In Public Services 1 GCSE Equivalent

Exam Board: Pearson.

  • Unit 1 The role and work of the Public Services External Exam 12.5%

  • Unit 2 Working skills in the Public Sector 12.5%

  • Unit 3 Employment in the Public services 12.5%

  • Unit 5 Health, Fitness and Lifestyle for the Public services 12.5%


Post 16

BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services

A-Level Equivalent. Exam Board: Pearson.

  • Unit 1 Government, Policies and the Public Services

  • Unit 2 Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

  • Unit 3 Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

  • Unit 5 Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services

  • Unit 7 International Institutions and Human Rights

  • Unit 8 Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Public Services

Equivalent of 2 A-Levels. Exam Board: Pearson.

  • Unit 1 Government, Policies and the Public Services

  • Unit 2 Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

  • Unit 3 Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

  • Unit 4 Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services

  • Unit 5 Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services

  • Unit 6 Fitness Testing and Training for the Public Services

  • Unit 7 International Institutions and Human Rights

  • Unit 8 Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services

  • Unit 10 Skills for Landbased outdoor and Adventurous Activities

  • Unit 15 Planning and Management of Major Incidents

  • Unit MLN1 Contemporary World Foods

  • Unit MLN2 European Food

  • Unit MLN3 Asian Food

All units are assessed by internally set, internally marked and externally moderated portfolio work, with a variety of ICT based tasks, essays, presentations and practical activities

Skills Developed

  • Leadership

  • Independent learning

  • Research and evaluation

  • Communication – written and verbal

  • Presentation skills

  • ICT – Finding, developing, presenting and communicating information

  • Task and resource analysis

  • Independent enquiry

  • Reflective thinking

  • Creative thinking and problem-solving

  • Teamwork

  • Self-management

  • Time management

  • Discussion/debating

Careers

  • Court usher

  • Civil service administrative officer

  • Assistant immigration officer

  • Tax inspector

  • Court reporter

  • Education welfare officer

  • Human resources officer

  • Barrister

  • Teacher

  • Youth service

  • Politician

  • Social services

  • Firefighter

  • Paramedic

  • Soldier RAF

  • Royal Navy

  • Outdoor pursuits instructor

  • Youth service