Citizenship GCSE

Entry Qualifications

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade D/3 including English Language.

What will I study?

The GCSE Citizenship course seeks to prepare students to become active citizens by raising awareness and understanding of their role in the world. The course also promotes personal and social development, making learners more self-confident and responsible, in the classroom and beyond.

Essentially, the course provides opportunities for students to consider social, political, ethical and moral problems and in order to do this effectively, students are encouraged to develop independent, critical and analytical thinking skills and informed personal opinions and judgements.

How will I study?

You will study the following topics:

• Pressure groups

• Migration

• Britishness

• Civil and Criminal law

• Voting Systems

• Political Parties

• Crime and Punishment

• Media

• International Organisations

We make use of all types of activities: whole-class and group practical work, teacher-led discussions, individual use of computers and quick learning games and quizzes.

How is the course examined?

The course is assessed through two exams.

Where next?

GCSE Citizenship provides a valuable introduction to key themes explored in various Level 3 subjects such as: A Level Law, A Level Government & Politics, A Level Sociology and the Extended Project. The knowledge gained and skills developed through this qualification are useful for a range of careers but specifically the course can lead to future employment in campaigning/political activism, local government, civil service, social services, police and probation, teaching, and law.

What does the course combine well with?

The GCSE Citizenship course links with all other subjects, but it particularly complements Media, Law and Sociology.

College Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade D/3 including English Language.

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