Key Stage 4


Examination Board



Overview of the course

The Preparation for Working Life is an inter-disciplinary 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. It has been designed to help give candidates the skills, knowledge and understanding which prepares them for working life, now and in the future, as confident individuals and members of society. The course enables students to gain employability skills, such as the ability to problem solve, to communicate effectively and to work well in a team.

Course content

The Subject Content is divided into nine main compulsory sections:

·         Personal Awareness.

·         Healthy Lifestyles for work-life balance.

·         Relationships and the Differences Between People.

·         The Changing World of Work.

·         Applying for Jobs and Courses.

·         Economic and Financial Aspects of Life.

·         Employment Opportunities.

·         Enterprise Activities.

·         Hazard Identification at Home, on the Roads and at Work.

How you will be assessed



Percentage of overall result

External Examination

1½ hours

Section A – multiple choice answers 10 marks

Section B – short sentence answers 20 marks

Section C longer, structured answers 50 marks


Internal Assessment

Candidates 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