Citizenship is taught by

Ms S Akhtar CTL Citizenship & History teacher
Mrs R Amin CTL Citizenship & History teacher



Curriculum Overview & aims

GCSE Citizenship Studies has the power to motivate and enable young people to become thoughtful, active citizens. Students gain a deeper knowledge of democracy, government and law. Students will develop skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments and opportunities to present various viewpoints. Students will organise and plan practical citizenship actions on advocacy to raise awareness and will learn to become critical thinkers and develop evaluate arguments, weigh evidence and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence.

GCSE Citizenship is 100% examination and consists of 2 examination papers with a duration of 1 hour 45 minutes each.

Year 9

Students will learn about:

What is active citizenship and plan and organise an advocacy to raise awareness.

This specification is developed around the overarching principle of how citizens can try to make a difference in society. Whilst the three content-based themes enable students to develop their citizenship knowledge base, the last section of each theme enables students to explore through case study approaches and by their own actions how citizens are able to try to make a difference. The first question posed on the Active Citizenship section of Paper 1 relates to understanding citizenship actions and includes a source-based question relating to a citizenship action scenario. This approach is further enhanced through the second question on the Active Citizenship section of Paper 1 where students are required to undertake an investigation into a citizenship issue of their own choice which involves research, action and reflection. These two mutually linked elements enable students to understand and assess the actions of others and draw upon others' experiences when undertaking their own investigation.

Life in Modern Britain

In this theme students will look at the make-up, values and dynamics of contemporary UK society. They will consider what it means to be British, how our identities are formed and how we have multiple identities. Students will also look at the role and responsibilities of the traditional media, the impact of new media formats and the UK's role in international issues.

Rights and responsibilities

In this theme students will look at the nature of laws and the principles upon which laws are based, how the citizen engages with legal processes, how the justice system operates in the UK, how laws have developed over time and how society deals with criminality. Students also consider also how rights are protected, the nature of universal human rights and how the UK participates in international treaties and agreements.  This theme also considers how the citizen can both play a part and bring about change within the legal system.

Year 10

Students will learn about:

Politics and participation

In this theme students will look at the nature of political power in the UK and the core concepts relating to democracy and government. This includes how the government operates at its various levels within the UK, how decisions are made and how the UK parliament works and carries out its functions. It also looks at the role of political parties, the election system, how other countries govern themselves and how the citizens can bring about political change.

Year 11

Students will learn about:

Active Citizenship

In this theme, students advocate and raise awareness about a chosen issue within our society.  Students work in groups to identify different methods of campaigning and will evaluate the success and challenges of each method.  Through the use of exam practice questions within lesson time, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their project.

To help students with the content taught, Click here to access the link to our Three Year plan which they can use.

How are they assessed

Students are assessed frequently every half term. Students will be assessed on key areas of knowledge and understanding and evaluative skills.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Students will be set homework fortnightly which will be easily accessible via Show My Homework and Google Classroom.

Students are expected to complete their homework on time and ensure they submit their work on time.

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents/Carers can support their child by checking their diaries and looking on Show My Homework.

Name of the person in the department who parents can contact if they need more information about the Citizenship syllabus: Ms S Akhtar, Ms R Amin

Possible careers include:

Citizenship/History graduates can take their pick from a huge variety of careers.

Advertising Actor
Charity Officer Broadcast Journalist
Editorial Assistant Early Years Teacher
Fundraiser Journalist
Exhibition Designer Government Research Officer
Magazine Features Editor Political Research Assistant
Politician's Assistant Press Sub-editor
Press Officer Programme Researcher
Teacher Public Relations Officer
Project Support Officer Records Manager
Radio Broadcast Assistant Runner (Broadcasting/Film)
Recruitment Consultant Tour Guide
Television Production/Assistant  

Useful Websites:

AQA Citizenship GCSE

How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the citizenship curriculum/syllabus:

Name of person the Citizenship department who parents can contact if they need more information about the syllabus: Ms S Akhtar and Ms R Amin.

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