Citizenship

Citizenship book isolated on white background with clipping path

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What do you need to be successful in this course?

To be successful in GCSE Citizenship, you need to develop your analytical skills, be able to consider a wide range of differing perspectives on ‘real-life’ local, national and global issues and come to considered judgements based on evidence and reflection.

Year 9 & 10

At KS4 the students are studying the AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies syllabus.

The course content includes specific units on:

Theme 1 – Life in Modern Britain

  • Principles and values in British society
  • Identity
  • The media and the free press
  • The UK’s role in international organisations
  • Making a difference in society

Theme 2 – Rights and Responsibilities

  • Laws in contemporary society
  • Rights and responsibilities within the legal system
  • How laws protect the citizen and deal with criminals
  • Universal human rights
  • Bringing about change in the legal system

Theme 3 – Politics and participation

  • Political power in the UK
  • Local and devolved government
  • Where does political power reside?
  • How do others govern themselves?
  • Bringing about political change?

Year 11

Theme 4 – Taking Citizenship Action

  • Taking citizenship action
  • Pressure groups and NGOs

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What do you need to be successful in this course?

To be successful in AS/A2 Citizenship, you need to develop your analytical skills, be able to consider a wide range of differing perspectives on ‘real-life’ local, national and global issues and come to considered judgements based on evidence and reflection.  You must be able to develop your awareness of contemporary citizenship concepts and theories affecting society today.

Year 12 (AS)

In Year 12 the students study the AQA GCE AS Citizenship Studies syllabus.

The course content includes specific units on:

CIST 1 – Identity, Rights and Responsibilities

  • What is a citizen? and perceptions of being ‘British’
  • How socially diverse is Britain?
  • Prejudice, discrimination and disadvantage
  • How can discrimination and disadvantage be reduced?
  • What are rights?
  • What rights do I have?
  • The legal framework: protecting the citizen
  • How do the courts protect my rights?

CIST 2 – Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation

  • The citizen and political power in the United Kingdom
  • Playing your part: how the citizen can get involved and make a difference
  • Citizenship in action: citizens working together to bring about change
  • Being an informed citizen, the participating citizen, being an active citizen

Year 13 (A2)

In Year 13 the students study the AQA GCE A2 Citizenship Studies syllabus.

The course content includes specific units on:

CIST 3 – Power and Justice

  • The nature of crime and the role of the police
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the trial process
  • Who makes decisions: judges, magistrates and juries
  • Sentencing
  • Electing representatives, elections and accountability
  • The citizen’s relationship to those elected
  • The power and influence of government
  • The global village?

CIST 4 – Global Issues and Making a difference

  • Universal rights
  • Human rights abuse
  • Conflict and its resolution
  • Trade and environmental issues
  • Individuals and groups that make a difference

Note:  The course will include a case study relating to the unseen pre-release material distributed in November.