Citizenship Studies

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Welcome to the Citizenship department.
Type of course:   Edexcel GCSE (9-1 Grading) Citizenship Studies
How is the course assessed?
2 externally assessed examinations of 1hr and 45 minutes each      
Paper 1 - 80 marks (50%)
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 specifactions Themes A-C.
Paper 2 - 80 marks (50%)
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 specifcation theme D: Power and Influence.
Section C
Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and Influence. One questions will also link to content in one of Themes A-C.
What topics/ units will you study?
The course content is divided into five themes:    
A:  Living Together in the UK
B:  Democracy at Work in the UK    
C:  Law and Justice
D:  Power and Influence            
E:  Taking Citizenship Action                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
Someone who enjoys debating and discussing issues, understanding the society and world around them and wants to engage as an active citizen in the community they live in.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
Annual trip to Parliament in London
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
Law, Politics, Journalism, Social Policy, History, Civil Service; the list really is endless.
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?
Ms Harewood in  2W15
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
Fern Smith, "A lesson I look forward to!”        
 Jade Fetherstone, “A subject I am extremely passionate about and wish to continue into the future.”