Head of Department - Mrs K Cheetham
Citizenship Studies is taught to years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) leading to the Edexcel Citizenship Studies GCSE qualification.
Within this subject, students have the opportunity to understand their rights and responsibilities as a young people and develop their skills to become informed, healthy and responsible citizens as they prepare themselves for life beyond school. The course will include a variety of teaching techniques as students discuss and investigate a variety of different topics.
100% of the course is assessed through examination. There is no controlled assessment but students must complete a citizenship action which will be assessed during the examination (this will make up 15% of the examination marks).
The topics that are covered are:
- Living together in the UK
- Democracy at work in the UK
- Law and justice
- Power and influence
- Taking citizenship action
Students will develop a wide variety of different and transferable skills through the study of Citizenship. The qualification requires students to demonstrate the ability to:
● form their own hypotheses, create sustained and reasoned arguments and reach substantiated conclusions when appropriate
● understand the range of methods and approaches that can be used by governments, organisations, groups and individuals to address citizenship issues in society, including practical citizenship actions
● formulate citizenship enquiries, identifying and sequencing research questions to analyse citizenship ideas, issues and debates
● select and organise their knowledge and understanding in responses and analysis, when creating and communicating their own arguments, explaining hypotheses, ideas and different viewpoints and perspectives, countering viewpoints they do not support, giving reasons and justifying conclusions drawn
● present their own and other viewpoints and represent the views of others, in relation to citizenship issues, causes, situations and concepts
● plan practical citizenship actions aimed at delivering a benefit or change for others in society
● critically evaluate the effectiveness of citizenship actions to assess progress towards the intended aims and impact for the individuals, groups and communities affected
● show knowledge and understanding of the relationships between the different citizenship aspects studied, using the concepts to make connections, identify and compare similarities and differences in a range of situations from local to global
It is helpful to maintain awareness of both local and national current affairs by watching news programmes on a regular basis or by reading the news, either online or in a newspaper.
The following websites may be of use: