Learning for Life and Work


The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills they require to think independently, make informed decisions, and take appropriate action when faced with personal, social, economic and employment issues.


This course into three areas of study:

  • Local and Global Citizenship;
  • Personal Development; and
  • Employability.

The content of each area is outlined in more detail below:

Local and Global Citizenship

  • Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland and the wider world
  • Rights and social responsibilities, in relation to local, national and global issues and 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

Personal Development

  • 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



  • 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




Students must complete three examinations for GCSE Learning for Life and Work: Modular. Each exam lasts 45 minutes and is worth 13.33 percent of the final award.  Students must complete two different controlled assessment tasks from the three that CCEA provide, each worth 30 percent of the final award.