Citizenship GCSE

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Type of course:   Edexcel Full GCSE- 3 year course starting in year 9

How is the course assessed?

100% exam consisting of two exam papers, both are 1 hr 45 mins each and are worth 50% each. Each paper has a total of 80 marks.


What topics/ units will you study?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) Students will study 5 themes. Theme E is a piece of coursework that students carry out and are assessed on in Paper 2. Therefore it is not externally assessed.

Paper 1

Section A-Questions are focused on specification Theme A: Living together in the UK.

Section B-Questions are focused on specification Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK.

Section C-Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Law and justice.

Section D-Extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C


Paper 2

Section A-Questions relate to the students’ own citizenship action, as specified in specification

Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

Section B-Questions require students to comment on others’ actions and relate to specification

Theme D: Power and influence.

Section C-Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and influence. One question will also link to content in one of Themes A–C.


Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?

The course suits students that like to debate and consider controversial and moral issues that are present in the world today. Learning how to become informed and active citizens and learning about developing skills of advocacy about local, national and global problems we face in the world today. If you like arguing, have strong extended writing skills, enjoy doing research and working in teams then this is the course for you. Some topics include: Human Rights, Terrorism, Immigration, Racism and Community Cohesion, Voting, Political parties, Crime and Punishment, the Courts, the European Union, World Trade and the United Nations. You must be able to negotiate, analyse and have strong written and oral communication skills.  This course also supports students taking GCSE Religious Studies, History or Geography.


What trips/ activities will you be involved in?

There will be a trip to Auschwitz, Poland to the Nazi Death Camps from World War II and to the Houses of Parliament in London, there will be guest speakers from organisations such as Amnesty International, the Legal Profession and a chance to interview and work with our local MP.


What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?

A lot of people that have studied GCSE Citizenship have also gone to College to study it at A Level also. However due to the skills developed in Citizenship and the subject content students have also chosen to study History, Law, Citizenship, Psychology or Politics at A Level also. As the level of written work and communication is very high students lots of students have gone on to study English Language at A Level. Citizenship is a very academic subject, however you don’t have to go on to do A Levels. Some students have gone to College and built upon their Citizenship knowledge, often studying Law, Sociology and Public Services. Past students have gone on to become teachers, journalists, politicians, lawyers and counsellors. 


How will this course help you to get a job?

Employers like applicants who can demonstrate the ability to understand current affairs and the impact this has on society, the social and historical context of government, politic, legislation and democracy. It is also a fantastic way to apply learning and understanding to areas of individual interest and have a real impact on the local and national community through citizenship action; employers would recognise this active citizenship as a type of work experience, showing team work skills, resilience and an understanding of the society we live in.


Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?

Mrs Simms 2W21 or Miss Harewood 2W22


There are over 60 students currently studying GCSE Citizenship. Most students enjoy Theme A and Theme C the most as they are often seen as the ‘most interesting’ and controversial topics. Students particularly enjoying debating whether the death penalty should be brought back to the UK and also analysing the root causes of why people break the law and become criminals. Other students are really enjoying the research, team work and coursework skills that are being developed for their Theme E campaigns. Students feel empowered, informed and that they are developing great key skills needed for life after their GCSE’s.