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Life Skills

Life skills is an option for students in Key Stage 4. Life skills is a non-examination option for students who would benefit from a reduction in their GCSE workload. The course offers the opportunity to develop skills to support the student’s transition to post-16 provision, through programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. Literacy and numeracy skills are also developed using a contextual approach and real life examples to make learning relevant and to support GCSE studies in these subjects.

The course content is divided into five strands. Each Strand is taught by a teacher from the linked areas of learning in the school.

Year 10

  1. Life skills courses
  2. ICT essential skills
  3. Everyday Maths skills
  4. Developing Literacy skills

Year 11

In Year 11 the course focuses on supporting GCSEs

  1. Short life skills course for the Autumn term followed by study support in GCSE subjects
  2. ICT essential skills
  3. Maths revision
  4. Literacy revision
Strand Aims
1. Life skill courses (ASDAN) ASDAN
ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualificationsthat grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. We believe that obtaining a recognised qualification for each student is essential as they look towards higher education prospects.The courses on offer to our Year 10s are:

  • Sports & Fitness Short Course
  • Leadership Short Course

In Year 11, their choices increase as their higher education options become more prominent: There have been a whole host of short courses that have been independently chosen by our students, including:

  • Animal Care
  • Computing
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Cricket Short Course
  • English Short Course
2. ICT Essential Skills Covered over two years during one lesson a cycle.

This strand focuses on e-safety.  The students’ task is to prepare some guidance to help children and their parents/carers make sensible choices online, get the most from the internet and stay safe.

Students will:

  • learn ‘touch typing’skills and complete a speed test (this includes 10 interactive/independent learning lessons)
  • create a questionnaireto find out about children’s online activities
  • prepare and carry out a surveyto be completed by parents/ carers
  • use a spreadsheetto analyse the data
  • create an information leafletfor parents/carers
  • create a digital posterfor 5-7 year olds and create a web page for 11-12 year olds

Extension: use a database to find sources of information for the publications

3. Everyday Maths Skills Managing Finance

  • Budgeting
  • Family budgeting
  • Budgeting for self
  • Income
  • Pay rises
  • Commission
  • Overtime
  • Best deal


  • Statistical diagrams
  • Comparing data sets
  • Scatter graphs


  • Perimeter & area
  • Volume
  • Pythagoras
  • Gradient and slope
  • Scale factor


  • Time
  • Measurement
4. Developing Literacy Skills
  • Charity project – organise an event to raise money for chosen charity
  • Healthy Active Lifestyles
  • Careers
  • English revision and Exam studies