Citizenship (GCSE)

What will I study?

Have you ever wondered who really exercises power in the UK and the world? Can ordinary people really influence the government or effect change in the world?

Citizenship teaches students how government and democracy works in the UK as well as globally. It asks key question about right and responsibilities of citizens and governments; justice; the environment; the economy at local and global levels.

Students who study Citizenship will participate in an active citizenship campaign seeking to affect change in an area of their choosing. They will develop understanding and skills in order to participate in responsible actions to address citizenship issues aimed at improving society and positively contributing to democracy and public life, as individuals and in collaboration with others.

If you choose to study Citizenship you’ll be tackling some of the most important questions which are essential to our understanding of the world today. The study of Citizenship will help you develop not just answers to these questions but also your general powers of analysis and evaluation –Citizenship GCSE is fundamental to studying Politics at A-Level and beyond. 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

100% of your GCSE is assessed by two exams, taken at the end of the year. Paper 1 covers the Living together in the UK: Democracy at work in the UK; Law and justice;

Paper 2 asks questions relating  to the students’ own citizenship action campaigns;  Taking citizenship action and Commenting on others’ actions in relation to Power and influence.

Both exams are 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and worth 80 marks.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Important things to note if you choose this course:

  • There will be educational visits to Westminster where you will take part in workshops on democracy and voting
  • Visit the gallery in Parliament and watch live debates take in the Houses of Commons
  • Homework and assessment support classes run after school throughout the year.
  • You will be given lots of practice with exam skills.
  • You’ll have a full revision guide covering all aspects of the topic.