Entry Level Life Skills and Extended Life Skills (2017)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

The CCEA Entry Level Life Skills and Extended Life Skills specification helps learners to increase their knowledge and confidence and demonstrate their achievement in developing independent living skills for adult life.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Learning for Life and Work Area of Learning.

Learners have their achievements rewarded and recognised with an accredited qualification.

While developing the specification, we considered the requirements of learners with special educational needs and focused on the skills required to prepare for the transition to adult life.

This specification is made up of units, and learners can gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. For each unit, learners produce a portfolio of work to show how they’ve met the assessment criteria; there are no exams.

Learners must achieve a level in any six units to achieve the Entry Level in Life Skills and a further six units to achieve the Entry Level in Extended Life Skills.

There are 27 units available:

Independent Living Skills
Unit 1: Home Management
Unit 2: Using Shopping Facilities
Unit 3: Basic Food Preparation
Unit 4: Managing My Money
Unit 5: Travelling in My Community
Unit 6: Representing Myself

Personal Skills
Unit 7: Healthy, Active Lifestyle
Unit 8: Developing My Self-Management Skills
Unit 9: Relationships and Sexuality
Unit 10: Looking After My Mental Health
Unit 11: Personal Safety
Unit 12: Participating in a Community Project

Communication and Number Skills
Unit 13: Developing Communication Skills
Unit 14: English through Experience
Unit 15: Digital Skills for Everyday Life
Unit 16: Using Social Media Safely
Unit 17: Working with Whole Numbers
Unit 18: Working with Time and Measures
Unit 19: Using Money

Vocational Skills
Unit 20: Applying for Jobs and Courses
Unit 21: Appropriate Behaviour and Practices at Work
Unit 22: Workplace Learning

Arts and Leisure Skills
Unit 23: Working on a Creative Group Project
Unit 24: Performing Arts
Unit 25: Leisure for Pleasure
Unit 26: Adventurous Activities
Unit 27: Water Based Activities.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First award: from Summer 2018
QAN: Life Skills: 603/1697/4 | Extended Life Skills: 603/1696/2
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: Entry 1/2/3
Subject Code: N/A

Skills developed through our Entry Level Life Skills and Extended Life Skills

This qualification aims to help learners prepare for working and adult life by developing employability and independent living skills. It emphasises learning by doing, with a focus on transferable skills that learners will need in a changing and dynamic working environment.

Learners develop skills for independent living and transition into adult life, applying these skills in a practical context. This includes managing money, shopping, personal safety, applying for jobs and taking part in their community.

Those who complete this qualification can progress to other Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, or to related training courses.

For more information on this specification contact:

Christine Moorhead
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2345
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235