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Departmental Staff

Mrs S Mc Elhinney (Head of Department)

Mrs E. Beggs

Mrs L Gillispie

Mrs C Kearney

Mr M Kennedy

Mrs O Mullan

N. Mc Ashea

Mr E. Loughran

Mrs U Mc Sorley

CCEA GCSE Learning for Life & Work


The course is divided into three areas of study


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

·         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.

Specification at a Glance 
Unit 1: Local and Global Citizenship External written examination 20%
Unit 2: Personal Development External written examination 20%
Unit 3: Employability External written examination 20%
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Task (Investigation) 40%


OCN Preparation for Working Life Specification

The course is divided into five areas of study


The units include;

Customer Service

            - Identifying the needs of the customer

            - Understanding needs of the employer

            - Describing the characteristics of an effective employee

            - Ways to provide effective customer service.

Developing Practical Skills

            - Solving problems for given situations.

Communicating in a Practical Environment

- Assessment of team activities; demonstrating ability to communicate effectively.

Cash Handling

            - Business Payment Methods

            - Budgeting

- Participating in a Vocational Taster

            - Job Application Process

- Career Development

- Entrepreneurship


Specification at a Glance 
Completion of Units to the expected standard will merit a pass in this subject.

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