Learning for Life and Work has been included as a key component of the Revised Curriculum because research indicated a need for closer links between the curriculum and the development of skills and capabilities necessary for life and work. It concluded that young people require an engaging and relevant curriculum that:

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

To meet this need, the Revised Curriculum objectives and LLW contribute directly to developing the young person as:

  • An individual;
  • A contributor to society and
  • A contributor to the economy and environment.

For instance in terms of developing the individual, good personal and interpersonal skills are vital. The individual’s self-esteem, the ability to understand and manage emotions, and the ability to relate and interact effectively with others underpins success in all aspects of life. Personal Development and Home Economics will help our pupils develop the ability to think and interact in ways that take account of their own needs and also the well-being of others who may be affected by their actions.

In becoming contributors to society, critical and creative thinking are also necessary competences. The individual’s ability to develop and use these skills underpins the success of a democratic society. Pupils need to develop the ability to use rational thought processes to arrive at decisions that take account of their and others’ needs. Local and Global Citizenship will help our pupils develop critical thinking skills and help them to be fair-minded, objective and committed to clarity and accuracy.

To become a contributor to the economy and the environment, pupils need to be both creative and flexible in responding to personal, social, local and global challenges in an increasingly complex world. There is a need, therefore, for our pupils to become creative thinkers with the ability to generate new ideas, make connections between ideas and address problems using a range of perspectives. The Education for Employability and Home Economics strands give our pupils opportunities to practise and apply these skills and capabilities in readiness for independent living and work.

Learning for Life and Work supports other key components of the Revised Curriculum like Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. It provides opportunities for pupils to develop skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values that help them:

•   prepare for adult life, independent living and work;

  • meet the challenges and opportunities of contemporary society; and
  • make informed decisions and take responsible action throughout their lives.

Mission Statement

“In Cross and Passion College, the Learning for Life and Work Department’s mission is to provide it’s pupils with educational experiences of the highest quality, regardless of background, academic ability or key stage. The department is committed to providing a variety of stimulating and relevant teaching and learning experiences. At Key Stage 3, we choose to focus on the use of active learning strategies in our lessons and to develop the pupils thinking skills and personal capabilities. It is our wish that pupils enjoy the subject and see it as relevant to their lives, both now and in the future. We ensure our subject provides our pupils with much of the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to make healthy and positive choices as they continue through their lives. Ultimately, we aim to meet the requirements of the revised curriculum for this subject, that is to develop our pupils as individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment.”

Aims and Objectives

Our aims and objectives relate directly to the vision and values of Cross and Passion College.

  • To stimulate and maintain pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment of LLW
  • To develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and vocabulary related to LLW
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to work independently and as part of a team
  • To use teaching methods and resources which allow all pupils to have equal access to the subject and to experience success and enjoyment in their learning
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and be able to support them by reasonable and logical arguments
  • To support the implementation of the school’s mission statement and to enable students to develop personal qualities such as responsibility, safety awareness, politeness, consideration and care for others, perseverance, initiative and independence


  • Mrs A Woods (Head of Department)
  • Mr P Maybin (Business Studies, Hospitality, LLW)
  • Mrs E McCallum (RE, LLW)
  • Miss E McKay (Psychology, Childcare, LLW)
  • Mrs I McCarry (History, LLW)
  • Mrs A McEwan (History, LLW)
  • Mrs S Hunter (HSC, ICT, LLW)


All pupils in Cross and Passion College study LLW in Years 8-10. The subject is divided into it’s three strands- Employability, Personal Development and Citizenship and delivered as three discrete modules. Term 1: Personal Development, Term 2: Citizenship, Term 3: Employability.

Pupils are formally assessed throughout the year using Key Homework Tasks, End of Topic Tests. The Summer Test, sat by all pupils in June is synoptic.

A wide range of active learning strategies are used throughout Key Stage 3. Active learning is a student centred approach in which the responsibility for learning is placed upon the student, often working in collaboration with classmates. In active learning teachers are facilitators rather than one way providers of information. Active learning is extremely valuable as it can increase pupils enthusiasm, encourage independent learning, develop pupils critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and positive attitudes towards learning in comparison to traditional ‘lecture-based’ delivery.

For example, in LLW, pupils regularly participate in:

  • debates
  • team work activities e.g. Dragon’s Den
  • role play
  • peer/self-assessment
  • hot seating


The majority of pupils in Cross and Passion do Learning for Life and Work for GCSE. They study it for two years and receive a GCSE grade at the end. Remaining pupils fulfil the statutory requirements for the subject.

GCSE LLW is modular. This means pupils sit a separate modular exams for Employability, Citizenship and Personal Development. Each module is worth 13.3% of their overall grade. Pupils also complete 2 pieces of Controlled Assessment each worth 30% of their overall grade.

Please refer to the table below to see the schedule for LLW over the two year GCSE course.


Year 11

Year 12

Term 1


(4 weeks)

Employability Theory Controlled Assessment 2


(3 weeks)

Employability Theory Personal Development Theory


(4 weeks)

Employability Theory Personal Development Theory


(2.5 weeks)

Employability Theory Personal Development Theory
Term 2


(2.5 weeks)


Controlled Assessment 1


Citizenship Theory



(4 weeks)

Controlled Assessment 1 Citizenship Theory


(4 weeks)

Controlled Assessment 1 Citizenship Theory
Term 3


(2.5 weeks)

Controlled Assessment 1- after Easter begin Controlled Assessment 2 Citizenship Theory


(4 weeks)

Controlled Assessment 2 CITIZENSHIP EXAM


(3 weeks)

Controlled Assessment 2

Employability Modular Exam 13.3%
Personal Development Modular Exam 13.3%
Citizenship Modular Exam 13.3%
Controlled Assessment 1 30%
Controlled Assessment 2 30%


The LLW department regularly bring in a range of outside agencies to deliver workshops and talks to the pupils. For example, in the past pupils have enjoyed the following speakers:

  • Corrymeela- workshop on prejudice, stereotyping and racism
  • Love for Life- workshop/talk on relationships
  • Solomon Theatre Group ‘Last Orders’- dramatic performance and open discussion on binge drinking, underage drinking



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