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Curriculum Leader: Ms Lewis


  • Assessment: Taken in Year 11
  • Exam Board: AQA
  • 100% of the GCSE is achieved through two exams

Paper 1

Written examination worth 50 % (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Section A: Active Citizenship

Section B: Politics and Participation

Paper 2

Written examination worth 50% (1 hour 45 minutes)

Section A: Life in modern Britain

Section B: Rights and Responsibilities

What skills will I Develop?

GCSE Citizenship prepares students for being active and contributing members of society. Citizenship is about how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society: locally; nationally; and globally.

Students will learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. They will explore and learn about a variety of controversial issues with political, social, ethical, economic and environmental dimensions in local and global contexts. They will also apply their knowledge and understanding of Citizenship in a ‘Citizenship Action’ project of their choice, which forms part of the Paper 2 exam. It will also aid them in developing their skills of written and verbal communication when writing analytical and evaluative pieces, and speaking to the public when carrying out the ‘Citizenship Action’ project.

GCSE Citizenship not only lays a solid foundation for students to be valuable and politically literal members of society but also for further studies of Law at A Level and other A level subjects including: Philosophy, History, Religious studies, Economics, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature.

Key Stage 3

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
7 Introduction to Citizenship RS OnlyHuman Rights  
8 Migration and the Refugee crisis   Climate Change Rights and Responsibilities
9 RS OnlyLaw and Order Prejudice and Discrimination

Year 7

Extension work: Students should develop their debating skills and learn to formulate an arguments.

Assessment: Students are assessed through essays, role play, presentations and debate.

Year 8

Extension work: Students should consider what it means to be part of a religion, and how it affects someone’s life.

Assessment: Students are assessed through art work, presentation, and a group project.

Year 9

Extension work: Students should consider the problems with believing in God and be aware of potential solutions.

Assessment: Students are assessed through a project, a speech, and essays.