Quick Links

Quick Links


Lurgan College



Head of Department    Mr. R. Uprichard

Teacher                        Mrs. Campuzano

Teacher                        Mrs. Jones

Teacher                        Ms. Hughes

Teacher                        Mr. Patterson

Teacher                        Mrs. Jenks

Teacher                        Mrs. Barbour




 All Y11 pupils will study CCEA GCSE Learning for Life and Work. This exciting subject covers a range of topics which all have one thing in common – they are essential for life in the real world. The subject divides into three sections:


  • Education for Employability. This topic allows pupils to explore their career options and how they could start their own business.
  • Personal Development. In this topic pupils will learn about some of the risks in teenage and adult life and how to make wise choices.
  • Local and Global Citizenship. In this topic pupils learn about how society works and the part they have to play in it.


Each of these 3 topics is assessed in a 60 minute external examination worth 20%.  The Employability and Personal Development examinations take place in May of Year 11.


40% of the GCSE mark for this subject consists of Controlled Assessment.  The Controlled Assessment is predominantly completed in the first term of Year 12. It is important that pupils stay on top of this Controlled Assessment during the year; they can use the Controlled Assessment planner inside this booklet to assist them in organising themselves.



Related Qualifications:

GCSE LLW Content can support further study in Business Studies, Health and Social Care, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Politics, Food and Nutrition or Sports Science.


Professions Associated with Learning for Life and Work:

  • Social Worker
  • Nursing
  • Youth Worker
  • Career Advisor
  • Community worker
  • Life Coach


Employability Skills Gained from Learning for Life and Work:

  • Personal development and goal setting
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Financial literacy and budgeting skills
  • Resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Career Planning


Related Professional Associations:


Industry Trends and Insights:

Labour Market Information suggests a demand for professionals who support personal development and life skills training, particularly among young people and vulnerable populations. Key trends include digital skills training, mental health awareness, and employability programmes.


Alumni Success Stories:

Lurgan College LLW pupils have won the CCEA ‘Celebrating Success’ award for top marks in GCSE Learning for Life and Work six times. Each of these winners went on to study A Levels at Lurgan College and pursue university degree pathways including Law at Trinity College, Dublin. 


Employer Partnerships:

As part of the LLW Controlled Assessment project, all pupils complete in-person interviews and questionnaires with a range of local employers and employees as part of their research project. Recent examples include the presidents of Trade Unions and Self-employed Entrepreneurs.