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Learning for Life and Work (LLW)

Curriculum vision

Through LLW lessons in Parkhall Integrated College, we aim to encourage students to develop their social skills to enable them to have a positive impact on their own lives and the lives of everyone they encounter, and so we are dedicated to enable students to prepare for life and work and to become good and successful citizens.

Key stage 3

All students in key stage 3 study LLW. Through the key stage 3 progamme of study students are challenged to manage information, make decisions and solve problems, be creative, work with others and work independently.

Key stage 4

All students in key stage 4 study LLW.

At key stage 4, students are also offered the opportunity to study GCSE PAL, a non-examined portfolio-based course. Students can achieve a Level 2 (B grade equivalent) in this CCEA Vocational GCSE qualification. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills achieved in key stage 3 LLW. The Level 2 specification builds upon the broad objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. In particular, it enable learners to:

  • develop as individuals and contributors to the economy, society and environment;
  • develop personal skills in areas such as:
    • self-awareness, personal health and relationships (Personal and Social Development);
    • diversity and inclusion, human rights and social responsibility, and equality and social justice (Citizenship); and
    • work in the local and global economy, and career management (Employability);
  • develop an understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social, legislative (including equality and disability discrimination), economic and cultural issues;
  • investigate sustainable development, health and safety considerations and European developments;
  • develop skills that will enhance employability; and
  • make effective use of technology.

Key stage 5

All students in key stage 5 study LLW.


The LLW department has strong links with the community and invites various organisations and speakers into the school to consolidate the delivery of the LLW curriculum.

The LLW department also runs an Eco Club to promote sustainable development a part of the life and ethos of the school.

Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’