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                                                                                                Lifeskills, (KS5 PSHE)

Aims of Course:

PSHE is the only subject whose teaching is a statutory requirement at KS5. The reason for this is because it is the learning of these key PSHE ‘life-skills’ that prepare our young people for the exciting challenges that lay ahead in adult life. At Huish Sixth we have designed the Lifeskills course to support young adults in understanding how to navigate an increasingly complex world. In doing so it aims to facilitate intellectual discourse, support critical thinking skills such as analysis and interpretation, along with justification of ideas and opinions. The course is challenging in content and requires a developing sense of self-reflection and maturity that reflects the requirements of the ‘real world’. As students progress though this course they will learn not only about themselves but about the world around them and upon completion of the course will be best-equipped to confidently stride out onto the next stage of their ‘life journey’.

Andrew Woodward: Head of Huish Sixth

Increasingly, future employers are asking potential employees not only to describe their key skills and attributes but also to evidence where they have demonstrated competence in applying them, for example describing when they have taken on a variety of roles within a team or led a team to a successful outcome.  Work within PSHE education can provide opportunities to evidence these skills and attributes. This key stage represents our last opportunity to ensure that young people have real competence in the skills, language and strategies, and extend the knowledge and understanding they have been developing throughout their PSHE education, ready for independent living and the next stage in their education or career.

(PSHE Association)

Course Content:

The course is broken down into three key themes:

  1. Health and Well-Being
  2. Relationships, (including sexual health)
  3. Living in the Wider World. (Economic Well-Being, Careers and the World of Work)

Health and Well Being:

This core theme focuses on: 

1. how to manage transition to increasingly independent living

2. how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing

3. how to assess and manage risks to their own and others’ health and safety

4. how to identify and access help, advice and support including in new settings and situations

5. how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and sexual health

6. how to respond in an emergency including administering first aid

7. the influence of the media on lifestyle



This core theme focuses on: 

1. how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural/educational and employment contexts and to develop parenting skills

2. how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships

3. how to manage risky or unhealthy/negative relationships, including all forms of harassment and abuse (including online and in the workplace)

4. the concept of consent in a variety of contexts 

5. respecting equality and being a productive member of a diverse community, including understanding of protected characteristics

6. how to identify and access appropriate advice and support in new locations or communities


Living in the Wider World. (Economic Well-Being, Careers and the World of Work)

This core theme focuses on: 

1. rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy

2. how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious in life, education and work

3. how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience

4. the economic and business environment 

5. how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others, student finance, budgeting on a salary and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

6. how to live safely in an ‘online’ and ‘connected’ world


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