Head of Department

  • Mr C Duff

BA (Hons.) English, PG dip TEFL and PGCE

Subject Teachers

  • Mrs A Kerrigan (Administration Coordinator, Student Council Coordinator)

BA Politics and PGCE

  • Mrs J Woods

BA (Hons.) Sociology and Social Policy and PGCE

  • Mrs C White (Head of Sixth Form & Shared Education Coordinator)

B. Ed. (Hons.) Business Studies and Maths 

Introduction and ethos

Learning for Life and Work is not simply about developing knowledge and skills that will make our pupils better equipped to make the most out of life. It is dedicated to empowering these young people with the drive, ambition and passion to make this world a better place.

“The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16th, 1963


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X


“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

Thomas Edison


“If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man.”

Chief Seattle


“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”

Rosa Parks

Learning for Life and Work contributes 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.

 (source: Northern Ireland Curriculum – LLW Guidance)

LLW should provide practical tools for pupils to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world.

 (source: CCEA)

Subject objectives

In order for the LLW Department in ABHS to fulfil these aims, pupils will be assessed against the following four assessment objectives:

  • Ÿ  Demonstration of their knowledge and understanding of Learning for Life and Work;
  • Ÿ  Application of their knowledge and understanding of Learning for Life and Work;
  • Ÿ  Ability to analyse, select, synthesise, present and evaluate information on Learning for Life and Work; and
  • Ÿ  Reflection and evaluation of their own learning.

These objectives are based upon the GSCE objectives, reflecting the nature of the subject as a series of stepping stones, year to year, in which the pupils gain knowledge and skills.

This is delivered through a variety of challenging units of work and lessons. Expertise is essential to success and, as such, links with a number of outside agencies have been established and more will be included (both in outside visits and in-house sessions). The teachers within the Department incorporate their own considerable expertise and experiences.

Key Stage 3 Overview

All pupils at Key Stage III study Learning for Life and Work, Year 8 and 9 receive three lessons per week, whilst Year 10 receive two lessons per week.

Key Stage 4 Overview 

All A class pupils study the GCSE qualification in LLW, whilst the B classes, from September 2016, will take the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, Level 2.

Learning for Life and Work: Modular GCSE (subject code: 4810)

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, pupils gain knowledge and understanding of:

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

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. 

Level 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness –

For useful information in relation to the above course, please visit:

Key Stage 5 Overview

The Department now offers A-Level Government and Politics (CCEA) to returning pupils.

“Through studying the GCE Government & Politics specification, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the political systems in which they live. In particular, this specification will encourage students to:

  • develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes;
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems;
  • acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual; and
  • develop an interest in and take part in contemporary politics.”

(source: CCEA)

The LLW Department also runs the re-cycle programme in the school and is embarking upon a refurbishment of the greenhouse and surrounding area in a long-term programme entitled “The Garden”. Short and long term plans, photos and videos to come.

Useful links

Learning for Life & Work micro site:

The following are websites associated with current and ongoing actions and investigations being conducted by pupils in ABHS.

Government & Politics:

Tools For Solidarity:

Animal Welfare related:

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection:

The League Against Cruel Sports:

Human Rights related: