Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE Learning for Life and Work

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our revised GCSE in Learning for Life and Work engages students in exploring social, personal, economic and employment issues. Topics include diversity and inclusion, causes of conflict, human rights, social responsibility, job interview preparation and entrepreneurship. Students deepen their understanding of the connections between local, national and global issues. The specification helps students to develop confidence in thinking independently about these issues by critically challenging accepted views and assumptions. It equips them to make informed decisions and take appropriate courses of action.

This specification also provides students with transferable skills such as creative thinking, analytical problem solving and effective teamwork.

With this qualification, students can progress to study subjects such as Business Studies, Health and Social Care, and Economics. This GCSE also provides 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%.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Learning for Life and Work is unitised, so itís 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: Investigation (Controlled Assessment Task).

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

S/IF/40/18 Controlled Assessment Task
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

S/IF/30/18 Controlled Assessment - For submission May 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 08 August 2018

S/IF/62/17 Advice on teaching and assessment
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 December 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 October 2017

Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 4: Investigation is a controlled assessment unit.

Controlled Assessment Task Unit 4 (Live Task for Submission in May 2019)
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 January 2018

Controlled Assessment GLF4
(PPT), Last Updated: 14 June 2018

Exemplification of Assessment Criteria
(DOCX), Last Updated: 14 June 2018

Frequently Asked Questions GLF4
(DOCX), Last Updated: 14 June 2018

Student Template GLF4
(DOCX), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Teacher Guide GLF4
(DOCX), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Teacher Marking Grid GLF4
(DOCX), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Terminology GCSE Learning for Life and Work GLF4
(DOCX), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Support


Demonstration of New App for Students U1: Police Ombudsman
(PPTX), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Factfile U2 What is Depression
(PDF), Last Updated: 07 February 2018

Factfile: The benefits and challenges associated with expressions of cultural identity
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 October 2017

Factfile: What is Civil Society?
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 October 2017

GCSE and GCE A/AS Examinations Summer 2018 E-Moderation Product-Type Subjects Instructions to Teachers
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Worksheets U1: Local and Global Citizenship
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 September 2017

Student Worksheets U2: Personal Development
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 September 2017

Student Worksheets U3: Employability
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 November 2017

Teacher Guidance U1 Police Ombudsman
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

Teacher/Student Guidance U1: Discrimination
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 September 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance U1: NI Human Rights Commission
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 August 2018

Teacher/Student Guidance U1: The Police Ombudsman
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 November 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance U1: The Seven Principles of Public Life and The Rules of Conduct
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 November 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance U2: FGM
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 November 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance U2: Personal Development
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 September 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance U3: Career Planning
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 September 2017

Teacher/Student Guidance: Teaching Controversial and Sensitive Issues
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 November 2017

U3 Employability Student Worksheets
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 November 2017

U3 Employability Teacher and Student Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 November 2017

What is Civil Society?
(PPTX), Last Updated: 04 September 2017

Work Related Stress
(PPTX), Last Updated: 04 September 2017