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)
Mr S McBride ( Learning Support)
Miss L Crawford ( Learning Support)
Mrs C Phoenix ( Learning Support)
Mr M Hancock ( Learning Support)
Mrs C McGorman ( Learning Support)
Miss R Black ( Learning Support)
Miss E Sykes ( Learning Support)
Miss S Carson ( English)
Mrs S Todd ( Home Economics)

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