Learning for Life & Work

LW Department

‘The Department’s goal is to equip our students with the necessary tools to navigate contemporary society. Through the vehicles of Personal Development, Local and Global Citizenship and Employability, students will develop as individuals, contributors to local society and as members of the global community.

As a specific subject area (G.C.S.E or non-examination) it provides practical tools to think independently make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world.’

Head of Department

Mrs B Doonan

Courses followed:

KS3: Northern Ireland Curriculum

The subject is unique to Northern Ireland and has at its core, a pupil centred approach to teaching and learning. Learning for Life and Work tries to prepare pupils for the many challenges life presents in terms of their health, rights, responsibilities, career prospects and much more.

We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to think independently make informed choices and to actively engage to today’s society.

Learning for Life and Work is broken in to three subject areas. Here in St. Catherine’s College pupils currently study Personal Development in year 8, Citizenship in year 9 and Employability in year 10.

Key Stage 4: CCEA Specification

The Department delivers G.C.S.E LLW on a mass scale to almost every pupil in years 11 and 12, and currently boasts a very high pass rate, at around 98% A*-C.

Course Content:

The course is divided in three areas of study:

Local & Global Citizenship
Personal Development

Controlled assessment is work carried out by the students in a classroom under the supervision of the teacher. Tasks are set by CCEA and students are only allowed a set number of hours to complete the work. Only research can be completed at home.

Unit 1: Report 1 Task based on one of the three areas of study – worth 30%

Unit 2: Report 2 Task based on a different area of study from that selected for Unit 1 worth 30%

Unit 3: Paper 1 hour 30 minutes a written examination paper based on the three areas of study – worth 40%


Department Success

The department has proved to be consistently successful at GCSE level in recent years.

•    In 2007 two pupils achieved 1st and 3rd in Northern Ireland (Louise Rice and Aislinn Mc Curry)

•    In the 2011 academic year the Department had another resounding success when Eadaoin Farrell achieved 1st in Northern Ireland.

•    In the 2012 academic year the Department achieved further success with Aoife Harte achieving 2nd Place in Northern Ireland.

•    The subject has proven itself to be a great opportunity for pupils to boost their grade portfolio or to achieve a vital pass necessary for progression into 6th form and beyond.

LLW Outside the Classroom

The Department continually strives to provide students with opportunities to engage with LLW outside the classroom. View some of the pictures of our recent events below.

Young Enterprise Workshops
Year 9 Heart Start Programme
Year 10 Employability Trade Fair

‘Stand Up Speak Out’ Active Citizenship Fair
Citizenship Week
Northern Ireland Assembly Stormont Trip


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