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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Learning For Life and Work


KS3 Overview

In St John the Baptist College this subject is divided into three main areas of study:

Personal Development

This area of study gives students the opportunity to study:

  • Maximising and sustaining health and well-being
  • Concept of self
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Recognising, assessing and managing risk
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of parenting
  • Developing competence as discerning consumers


This area of study gives students opportunities to:

  • The impact of globalisation on employment
  • Recruitment and selection practices for employment
  • Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Issues of self- employment and sources of support

 Local and Global Citizenship

This area of study gives students opportunities to:

  • and effectively in their communities and wider society;
  • Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland and the wider world
  • Rights and responsibilities regarding local, national and global issues
  • The role of society and government in safeguarding human rights
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion and justice

KS4 Overview

This GCSE is aimed at preparing students for the world of work, and as contributors to society as they reach adulthood. This course is delivered through active learning.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in all aspects of learning. The course is delivered mainly by the class teacher – supported by guest speakers and workshops and educational visits where appropriate.

The structure of the course is as follows:

  • There is a single tier of entry.
  • There are three written examinations which assess one of the three areas of study.
  • There are two controlled assessment tasks.
  • Unit 2 must be taken terminally.

At least 40% of the overall assessment must be taken terminally, therefore Unit 2 and one other unit must be taken terminally.