GCSE Learning for Life and Work
The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed decisions throughout their lives”. Learning for Life & Work contributes directly to this by helping young people develop as individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment.
BENEFITS TO LEARNERS – This GCSE helps learners develop: -
• The means to follow a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
• The ability to explore the challenges and opportunities that personal, social, cultural, political and economic issues pose in society.
• As individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment.
• An understanding of the variety of attitudes, needs and perspectives that exist in their own and other communities, both locally and globally.
• The skills they need to think independently make informed decisions and take appropriate action in relation to personal, social, economic and employment issues.
All students in Key Stage 4 study the following modules: -
• Personal Development-Maximising and Sustaining Health and Well Being, Concept of Health, Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships, Recognising, Assessing and Managing Risk, Understanding the roles and Responsibilities of Parenting and Developing Competence as Discerning Consumers.
• Local and Global Citizenship- Diversity and Inclusion in Northern Ireland and the Wider World, Rights and Responsibilities in Relation to Local, National and Global Issues, The Role of Society and Government in Safeguarding Human Rights, Non-Government Organisations and Key Democratic Institutions and their Role in Promoting Inclusion, Justice and Democracy.
• Employability- The Impact of Globalisation on Employment, Recruitment and Selection Practices for Employment, Rights and Responsibilities for Employers and Employees, Issues of Self Employment and Sources of Support, Maintaining an Effective Working Environment and Investigating the Increasing Social Responsibility of Business in the Community.
How students are marked: -
• Personal Development examination – 13.3%.
• Employability examination - 13.3%.
• Local & Global Citizenship examination – 13.3%.
• Report 1 – A Controlled Assessment task based on an area of study within one of the modules – 30%.
• Report 2 – A Controlled Assessment task based on an area of study within one of the modules – 30%.
REVIEW OF GCSE RESULTS TO DATE: -
YEAR % A*-C
- 2006 58 %
- 2007 71 %
- 2008 75 %
- 2009 72 %
- 2010 86 %
- 2011 68 %