Learning For Life & Work & RSE

Citizenship is delivered in Years 8 to 12 in the following way and develops the themes as outlined below;

 Year Group  Delivery In  Topics Covered
 Year 8  Religious Education Class  Diversity and Inclusion
 Year 9  Modular with RSE  Equality and Social Justice
 Year 10  Modular with ICT and Music Theory  Democracy and Active Participation
 Year 11  Pastoral Programme  Building on themes of Diversity, Equality and Human Rights
 Year 12  Pastoral Programme  Democracy in Action



GCSE Level

We offer GCSE level Learning for Life and Work, following the CCEA syllabus.

We offer GCSE level Learning for Life and Work, following the CCEA syllabus.


The structure of the course is as follows;

  • There is a single tier of entry.
  • There is one written examination that assesses all three areas of study worth 40% of the mark
  • There are two controlled assessment tasks each worth 30% of the total mark.


The subject content is divided into three distinct compulsory areas of study:

  • Local and Global Citizenship
  • Personal Development
  • Employability



Local and Global Citizenship

This area of study gives students opportunities to:

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to participate positively and effectively in their communities and wider society;
  • influence democratic processes; and
  • make informed and responsible decisions as local and global citizens throughout their lives.


Personal Development

This area of study gives students the opportunity to:

  • develop a deeper understanding of their own personal development; and
  • assess and learn how to manage the challenges that they may face throughout life



This area of study gives students opportunities to develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes that will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work in a rapidly changing economic environment.

The students will complete the first Controlled Assessment during Year 11, the second Controlled Assessment during Year 12 and the final examination paper in the Summer of Year 12.


Community Relations Education

Year 8 pupils participate in an SEELB funded Community Relations Programme in partnership with Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards. The programme creates a safe, shared space for the young people to engage in meaningful dialogue to gain greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our society.


Cultural Diversity and Good Relations

A group of GCSE students were funded by the Society of St Vincent de Paul to share a three day learning experience with their counterparts in Regent House Grammar, Newtownards. It was facilitated by YouthLink NI and involved visiting the Peace Walls in Belfast as well as the Belfast Synagogue. The students spent time reflecting on our history, religion and politics, through using discussion and the use of symbols.They had the opportunity to visit Clonard Monastery, Woodvale Methodist Church and Stormont. Both groups participated in creating Food Hampers which were donated to the Christmas Appeal of the SVDP Society.



Assumption Grammar School is committed to the education of the whole person. We, as a Christian Community, care for the faith and personal development of each student. In keeping with our Catholic ethos, we try to develop persons who are responsible and capable of making informed decisions, inspired by Christian Values.


What is RSE?

RSE - Relationships and Sexuality Education

RSE is a lifelong process of acquiring knowledge and understanding, and developing one's beliefs, attitudes and values, about sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. RSE seeks to provide young people with formal opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of human sexuality and to develop the skills and values they need to initate and sustain healthy, mature, Christian relationships.


The RSE Programme

In Assumption Grammar School we follow the ACCORD/CCEA 'Love Matters' Programme for Years 8 - 12.


The Focus is on:

  • Developing a language for expressing feelings,
  • Highlighting abilities, talents, strengths and weaknesses,
  • Understanding that boys and girls have different attitudes and are treated differently,
  • Deepening an appreciation of family life,
  • Raising awareness of the importance of personal safety,
  • Increasing awareness of the qualities valued in friendship and how friendship patterns can change,
  • Developing skills for dealing with conflict in relationships,
  • Providing knowledge of male and female reproductive organs,
  • Providing knowledge about the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty,
  • Raising awareness of the influence of the media,
  • Helping young people to develop the skills to deal with peer pressure.