GCSE – Learning for Life and Work


The specification supports the aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives, as well as its objectives:

  • To develop a young person as an individual;
  • To develop the young person as a contributor to society; and
  • To develop the young person as a contributor to the economy and environment.


The subject content is divided into three distinct compulsory areas of study:

Area of Study Content – Topics


Local and Global Citizenship


  • Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Rights & Responsibilities.
  • Human Rights.
  • NGO’s i.e. Oxfam.
  • Justice, Democracy and Participation.



Personal Development


  • Health and Well-being.
  • Concept of Self.
  • Relationships.
  • Personal Safety.
  • Parenting.
  • Financial Choices.
  • Budgeting.




  • Globalisation.
  • Recruitment and Selection.
  • Rights and responsibilities of employers / employees.
  • Self-Employment and Sources of Support.
  • Maintaining an effective work environment.
  • Social Responsibility.
  • Career Management.


There are four assessment objectives for this specification.  Candidates must:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of LFLW concepts, terms and issues (AO1);
  • apply their knowledge and understanding of LFLW concepts, terms and issues to contexts and actions, and plan and review their learning (AO2);
  • research, analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of information on LFLW issues, including different viewpoints, to develop reasoned, coherent arguments, make substantiated judgements and draw reasoned conclusions (AO3);
  • work with others, listen and contribute to discussion, ask and answer questions, and share ideas to improve ways of working and learning – assessed only in the controlled assessment task (AO4).
Unit 1 Local and Global Citizenship

External Written Exam – 1 hour

Unit 2 Personal Development

External Written Exam – 1 hour

Unit 3 Employability

External Written Exam – 1 hour

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

Teacher Marked and Moderated

(One task from a choice of three).


Grades Attainable:  A* – G.

Career Opportunities

This subject aims to prepare young people for ‘life’ and ‘work’; as such this programme is relevant to further study and employment in a vast array of occupational sectors and professions including;

  • Business Management.
  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Banking & Financial Services.
  • Healthcare
  • Travel and Tourism.
  • Sport
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Criminology

Transfer and Admissions to Year 8 September 2024

Update on Key Dates and Information on Special Circumstances and Special Provisions, following the SEAG Entrance Assessment,  are available in section: “Transfer 2024”