This is what a year 11 students said about studying Citizenship:
“Citizenship has definitely been my favourite subject. It has given me knowledge about politics, law and society. These are the key themes which have not only made me a better citizen but shaped my future as I aspire to go into law.”
Citizenship studies get students to think about the key issues that affect people on a local, national and global level. It encourages students to:
- Think about the political, human and legal rights that citizens have in a democracy and why these right are important.
- Know how they can participate in politics at a local and national level.
- Question the use of referendums as a way of making political decisions and the electoral system that is used to elect our MPs.
- Think about the difficult decisions governments have to make when allocating tax payers money to public services.
- Evaluate the arguments for and against trial by jury and the use of prisons as a means of lowering the crime rate.
- Understand the different international organisations that the UK belongs to e.g. NATO, UN and WTO
- Become an advocate for a key Citizenship issue in their local or school community and campaign for change/ greater awareness about this issue.
Studying citizenship will develop student’s skills in research and investigation, problem solving, advocacy and evaluating / analysing source based material. It will also encourage students to develop their oral communication skills by participating in whole class debates on issues like lowering the voting age to 16.
At KS4 Citizenship GCSE is an option subject. The course content and assessment criteria are outlined below.
Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Scheme of Assessment: FULL COURSE GCSE
2 Exam papers: each paper is worth 50% of the fine grade and is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Topics/Themes covered for the exam:
The course content is divided into five themes: Themes A – C are assessed in Paper One and themes D-E are assessed in Paper Two
- A: Living together in the UK:
Topics covered include migration to the UK, identity, respect and understanding, human rights and local democracy
B: Democracy at work in the UK
Topics include elections and voting, the UK government, the constitution, the role of Parliament and making and shaping the law
C: Law and justice
Topics include principles and sources of law, criminal and civil law, the justice and crime and punishment.
- D: Power and influence
Topics include citizen’s participation in politics and society, the role of organised groups in society, the role of the media in society and the UKs role in the wider world.
- E: Taking citizenship action
Students must carry out an in-depth, critical investigation leading to citizenship action. The investigation and action can be based on any aspect or issue arising from the course content and should be designed to have an impact locally, nationally or globally. Students will be assessed on the investigation and action they have undertaken through a series of examination questions in Paper 2 that comprise 15% of the total marks