GCSE Learning for Life and Work (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Learning for Life and Work specification engages students to explore social, personal, economic and employment issues. Topics include diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, human rights and entrepreneurship.

The specification helps students to understand the connections between local, national and global issues. They develop confidence in thinking independently by critically challenging accepted views and assumptions. They also make informed decisions and take appropriate action.

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

This qualification enables students to progress to study subjects such as Business Studies, Health and Social Care, and Economics. It is also a good foundation for careers in business, finance, marketing, human resources and research.

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

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Learning for Life and Work Area of Learning.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has four units:

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

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2018
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1274/9
Subject code: 4810
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2

Skills developed through our GCSE Learning for Life and Work

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life.

This qualification links to the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT at Key Stage 4. There are opportunities for group discussions and creation and interpretation of charts and financial information. It also links to the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, as students learn the skills of self-management, working with others and problem solving through group and individual work, for example by carrying out the controlled assessment task.

For more information on this specification contact:

Petula Henderson
Subject Officer
(028) 9590 6709
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9590 6678

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