Learning for Life & Work


Personal Development Co-ordinator

Citizenship Co-ordinator

Head of Careers

Careers staff

Subject Overview

Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is a discrete learning area in the NI curriculum.  It is statutory for all pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4.  The LLW programme of study is followed by all pupils from Year 8 to Year 14, with the content and focus changing to meet the developmental needs of the pupils. The citizenship, employability and personal development strands are taught with input from outside agencies, the school nurse and the careers department when relevant. LLW exists as a discrete subject within the curriculum but, also infuses all other learning areas and its aims are pursued within the extra-curricular life of the school.


The LLW department provides a breadth of experience for pupils to become involved with the local and global community through workshops with the PSNI, Samaritans, Fasa, YMCA, North Down and Ards council, Action Cancer, Love for Life and Amazing Brains. KS3 pupils engage in group action projects.   Each Year 10, 12 and 13 pupil has the opportunity to learn essential life support skills through the British Heart Foundation Heart Start programme.

Key Stage 3

In Years 8-9 pupils have one period of LLW per fortnight.  Classes are taught by their LLW teacher who will remain with the class throughout the year. In addition, Years 8 and 9 have one period of Home Economics per week taught by a specialist HE teacher.

Year 10 pupils have their LLW provision during LLW learning days or part days. Classes are taught by a combination of outside agencies and teachers from other departments with specific interests or skills relevant to the programme.

The course followed during the three years addresses the statutory requirements of the KS3 Northern Ireland curriculum.

CCEA Specification links: http://ccea.org.uk/curriculum/key_stage_3/areas_learning/learning_life_and_work

Key Stage 4

Pupils follow the Preparation for Adult Life programme and cover the areas of Employability, Personal Development and Citizenship



  • explore self-employment and identify relevant sources of support;
  • examine the impact of globalisation on employment;
  • investigate the recruitment and selection process, taking into account the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers;
  • consider how employees and employers might maintain an effective working environment;
  • investigate the increasing social responsibility of business in the community;
  • develop a personal career plan based on relevant information and guidance

Personal Development


  • develop an understanding of how to maximise and sustain their own health and well-being;
  • reflect on, and respond to, their developing concept of self, including managing emotions and reactions to on-going life experiences;
  • recognise, assess and manage risk in a range of real-life contexts;
  • develop their understanding of relationships and sexuality and the responsibilities of healthy relationships;
  • develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of parenting;
  • develop further their competence as discerning consumers in preparation for independent living.

Local and Global Citizenship


  • respond to the specific challenges and opportunities which diversity and inclusion present in Northern Ireland and the wider world;
  • identify and exercise their rights and social responsibilities in relation to local, national and global issues;
  • develop their understanding of the role of society and government in safeguarding individual and collective rights in order to promote equality and to ensure that everyone is treated fairly;
  • develop their understanding of how to participate in a range of democratic processes;
  • develop awareness of key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion, justice and democracy;
  • develop awareness of the role of non-governmental organisations.

CCEA Specification links: http://ccea.org.uk/curriculum/key_stage_4/areas_learning/learning_life_and_work

Key Stage 5

In Years 13 and 14 all pupils follow an LLW course, taught by the Careers department, other members of staff and external agencies.  Year 14 classes are timetabled and take place each fortnight.  Year 13 pupils have their LLW provision during LLW learning days or part days.

Career Opportunities

LLW seeks to allow pupils to develop their potential in all aspects of their lives. It is about values, attitudes and skills, considering the holistic development of the individual and not just its knowledge content.   LLW helps provide young people with knowledge and skills to make informed choices and decisions throughout their lives, allowing them to become confident, responsible citizens.