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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Learning For Life and Work


About our subject:

Learning for Life and Work is set out in the form of key themes and learning outcomes.

Learning for Life and Work has been included as a key component in the school’s Curriculum in order to develop skills and capabilities necessary for life and work. Our aim is offer an engaging and relevant curriculum that:

  • helps our pupils develop as individuals and members of society;
  • delivers the skills and capabilities needed for adult life and work;
  • helps our pupils cope with the changing global economy; and
  • helps our pupils learn how to make informed choices.

Learning for Life and Work is offered to KS3 and KS4 pupils and reflects the aims of St. Patrick’s College and meets the objectives of the N.I. Curriculum by contributing directly to developing the young person as:

  • an individual;
  • a contributor to society; and
  • a contributor to the economy and environment.

Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is a statutory requirement in the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum.


KS3 Overview

Key Stage 3

In St John the Baptist College this subject is divided into three main areas of study:

Personal Development

This area of study gives students the opportunity to study:

  • Maximising and sustaining health and well-being
  • Concept of self
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Recognising, assessing and managing risk
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of parenting
  • Developing competence as discerning consumers


This area of study gives students opportunities to study:

  • The impact of globalisation on employment
  • Recruitment and selection practices for employment
  • Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Issues of self- employment and sources of support

 Local and Global Citizenship

This area of study gives students opportunities to study:

  • Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland and the wider world
  • Rights and responsibilities regarding local, national and global issues
  • The role of society and government in safeguarding human rights
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion and justice

KS4 Overview

Pupils will complete the CCEA Learning for Life and Work course at KS4. 

This specification engages students to explore social, personal, economic and employment issues. Topics include diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, human rights and entrepreneurship.

Students also have opportunities to develop transferable skills such as creative thinking, analytical problem solving and effective teamwork.

There are three written exams, each worth 20% of the overall mark, and an investigation worth 40%.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Local and Global Citizenship
  • Unit 2: Personal Development
  • Unit 3: Employability
  • Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Task.


Our pupils achieved 100% pass rate of A* - C in 2023 results. 

KS4 Overview

Preparation for Adult Life (PAL)

Exam board: CCEA

This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence, there is no exam. Pupils in Years 11 and 12 are assigned to sets according to their performance and progress which will determine which level they take.

There are two levels: 

Level one Certificate.

Level two Certificate.

13 mandatory units: 

◾Learners must take all four Citizenship units, four Employability units and five Personal and Social Development units from the specification.

◾Each unit is worth one credit, so the total credit value of the Certificate is 13

PAL level 2 is equivalent to a grade B at GCSE



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