SKILLS FOR LEARNING, LIFE AND WORK

S3 COURSE

A new and exciting course which allows pupils to develop a greater awareness of the importance of skills in their learning, their future employment and citizenship. The course is designed to allow pupils to adapt to our ever-changing world, to think critically about their skills and attributes, to develop an awareness of their responsibility to themselves, their peers and society.  Pupils will also get a chance to work on practical skills that relate to the world of work that provides real benefits to learners such as:

  • positive attitudes to learning

  • an understanding of the workplace

  • skills and knowledge in a broad vocational area

  • Core Skills: Communication, Numeracy, Information Technology, Problem Solving, Working with Others

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The course is will have 3 units of work:

Energy and Sustainability

We will be exploring fossil fuels and renewable energy, their impact, effectiveness and sustainability. We will be doing some hands-on practical experiments to see how effective wind and solar power are.

Enterprise and Employability

We will be working with one of our partners to deliver a High Street Challenge where pupils look at a real business to offer solutions to a real-world problem. During this unit, pupils will also get the opportunity to create their own mini enterprise by running a stall at our Christmas Fayre. Pupils will develop a variety of employability skills through working in groups, presenting information or giving a sales pitch, and exploring a variety of different career possibilities.

Citizenship and the Environment

Pupils explore rights and responsibilities, exploring global issues such as the environment and understanding one’s responsibility within these and acting responsibly. Again, we will be working in groups to explore possible solutions to a real-world environmental problem.

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

Designing wind turbines

Exploring Solar powered cars/devices through Lego

Creating a business/product to sell at the Christmas Fayre

Continuation in the development of digital skills

Making links with employers and college

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

Homework

Homework may be given to help consolidate their learning

How you will be assessed

End of unit assessments

Skills based practical activities such as Teamwork, Problem Solving, Communication

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

This course will give pupils the basic core skills to be successful in their chosen career path.  Employers look for:

Problem Solving:

Working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic. 

Leadership:

Leading groups, building confidence, organisational skills. You are required to complete coursework which demands you to take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies. 

Teamwork: 

Working successfully in a group, delegation, presenting information. 

Communication:

Working with others, presenting findings, using clear and concise language

S4 and beyond

People and Society