Access Keys:


Careers and LLW

GCSE (CCEA) Learning for Life and Work

Learning for Life and Work: Modular – five units in total (two controlled assessment tasks/reports and three modular examinations – one for each of the three areas of content).

Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • diversity, social inclusion, rights and responsibilities;
  • the role of government and non-governmental organisations in protecting people’s rights;
  • democratic institutions and processes;
  • how to maximise physical and mental health and well-being;
  • relationships and sexuality;
  • how to be a discerning consumer;
  • the impact of globalisation on employment;
  • recruitment and selection procedures;
  • self-employment;
  • the work environment; and
  • the social responsibility of businesses.

This course provides 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.

The course is divided 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
  • 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.

External Assessment

The assessment for this course is staged over two years




Local and Global Citizenship exam


May of Year 11

Report 1


May of Year 11

Personal Development exam


January of Year 12

Report 2

30 %

May of Year 12

Learning For Work exam


May of Year 12


CEIAG AT Rathfriland High School

Rathfriland High School aims to facilitate pupils to develop the skills and confidence to make the most of their life choices and follow the career path that suits them best.

There are five components to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance(CEIAG).

Careers Education

This includes taught timetabled provision which includes meaningful opportunities for progressive personal career planning; realistic and meaningful cross curricular opportunities for development of employability skills; and opportunities for planned and relevant work-related learning experience.

Career Planning

This is a developmental process for learners which involves target setting, action planning, researching and reviewing.

Employability Skills

The skills and capabilities necessary for employability include communication, numeracy, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), working with others, problem solving, decision making, self-management and managing information.

Work-related Learning

This includes the opportunity for planned and appropriate experiences of the world of work to increase learners’ motivation, develop their employability skills and give relevance to their learning programme.

Careers Information

Providing access to up-to-date impartial labour market information and information relating to educational and training opportunities, to inform career planning and management

Careers Advice and Guidance

Providing impartial, learner / client-centred, advice and guidance, to assist in making appropriate career decisions and choices, which are informed and well thought through.