At Key Stage 3 Personal, Health and Social Education covers drugs education, sex and relationships, emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. As well as working on personal development, the course teaches making career choices, applying for courses and jobs, relationship behaviour and practices in the workplace, personal safety, becoming a critical consumer, and diversity, prejudice and discrimination. We develop independent study skills and a sense of personal responsibility by teaching students to organise and archive their work.

These qualifications form part of a suite of Personal Social Health Economic education qualifications which support a broad and balanced curriculum by enabling the development of a coherent learning programme of personal, social, health and economic well-being.

The qualifications relate specifically to the national programme of study in “Personal Well-Being” as part of the PSHEe curriculum at Key Stage 4, and have been structured to ensure that learning is evidenced across the five key concepts: Personal identities; Healthy Lifestyles; Relationships; Risk; Diversity, set out in the published programme of study. The qualifications will therefore set into context personal development learning undertaken by learners at Key Stage 4 and post 16 directly supporting the Every Child Matters outcomes as well as providing opportunities to develop wider skills including personal learning and thinking skills that can be applied in further learning and/or employment.

The PSHE/Lifeskills course helps pupils understand more about the world around them. They will study a range of topics relevant to their age and ability. All pupils are given individualised lessons to help support their personal needs and to improve their interpersonal communication skills. This qualification is personalised to an individual pupils needs based on the units selected.

Depending upon the level, units taught consist of:

  • Resilience
  • Assertiveness
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Diversity

Students will study towards the following qualifications based on their ability

  • Gateway Entry Level 3 Award in Independent Living (Personal Development)
  • Gateway Level 1 Award in Personal Wellbeing
  • Gateway Level 1 Certificate in Personal Wellbeing