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Preparation for Working Life


Preparation for Working Life is a vital and stimulating part of the curriculum offering knowledge and skills for students moving towards further education, employment and adulthood, this course is only offered at KS4 and KS5.

The Preparation for Working Life specification is equivalent, in the size and demand placed on students, to a GCSE short course.

It is an interdisciplinary course which covers aspects of careers, health, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Preparation for Working Life is a practical course in which students learn skills such as how and where to find employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs and courses, and how to prepare for an interview.

Cross Curricular Links: Elements of the course map on to programmes of study at Key Stage 4 for Citizenship and PSHE, such as personal and economic well-being and financial capability.


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PfWL Curriculum Overview

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Applying for jobs and courses

Employment Opportunities

Hazard identification at home, on the roads and at work

  Autumn 2  

Economic and financial aspects of life

The changing world of work

Curriculum Vitae

  Spring 1  

Relationships and the differences between people

Interview Preparation

  Spring 2  

Personal Awareness

Healthy lifestyles for work-life balance

  Summer 1  


Examination preparation


  Summer 2   Planning and carrying out enterprise activity


Methods of Assessment

  External Examination 80% of overall assessment   1 hour 30 minutes
  Section A - multiple choice answers   10 marks
  Section B - short sentence answers   20 marks
  Section c - longer, structured answers   50 marks


  Internal Assessment

20% of overall assessment

  Students are required to produce:
  1. A letter of application for a job or course to accompany a Curriculum Vitae   5 marks
  2. A Curriculum Vitae   5 marks
  3. Notes on interview preparation   10 marks