Life Skills and Competencies

Clifton High School runs a diverse and captivating Life Skills and Competencies programme for pupils in Years 10 and 11. The programme aims to provide our pupils with important life skills and core transferable competencies which will be invaluable in later life. It also includes time for the study of vital PSHE (Personal Social Health and Education) topics such as Sexual Education, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Social Media use and Developing Wellbeing and Resilience.

Young adults today have to cope with a range of issues, concerns and deal with new skills that previous generations never had to. We want our pupils to be well prepared for all the adversities life will throw at them whilst also allowing them to gain useful skills and qualifications for their futures.

Pupils will study a broad range of Life Skill-based courses whilst also covering a substantial amount of PSHE. The ongoing running of the programme is facilitated by five members of staff who draw on their varied experiences and expertise to provide a complete course of study for our young adults. We also invite representatives and speakers from a range of work based sectors as well as the health sector.


  • Building Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Social Media use
  • Healthy relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Political Engagement
  • Study skills
  • Financial management
  • Communication skills
  • Sixth Form and Careers
  • First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • The Environment
  • Lifesaving
  • Cooking on a budget
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Pupils will also be able to use some of the time to prepare for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Completion of many of the courses can result in a qualification or certification which can be an impressive addition to a pupil’s CV or university personal statement.