GCSE Citizenship Studies

The Citizenship course includes examining contemporary British life and values, the political system, the legal system and how different groups can influence our society.

This course encourages student to think critically about their place in British society and the world as well as giving them an understanding of many of the issues which will impact upon their lives currently and after they have left the school. Students also have the opportunity to work collectively on a project of their own choosing related to a citizenship topic. This could be to raise awareness of a particular human rights problem, or to bring about a change in the law, to take just two examples.

To help pupils outside of the classroom, it is encouraged that they read a quality newspaper or journal; a good starting point is the weekly digest The Week which gives a summary of big news stories from many sources, allowing for critical reflection and questioning of issues that are affecting life in the UK now. At GCSE level, pupils will sit Citizenship Studies examinations with Edexcel.

Units of Study

Living together in the UK

  • Community and Identity
  • Migration
  • Discrimination, respect and understanding
  • Human Rights
  • Local Representation


Democracy at work in the UK

  • Elections
  • Political Parties
  • Structure and Work of Government
  • Devolution
  • Economy


How the law works

  • Criminal and civil cases
  • The criminal justice system
  • Solving disputes
  • Sentencing
  • Youth justice
  • Crime reduction


Power and Influence

  • Political participation
  • Pressure groups
  • Digital Democracy
  • Trade Unions
  • Roles of the media
  • Press regulation
  • Intergovernmental Organisations
  • Work of charities
  • International justice


Taking Citizenship Action

  • Secondary and Primary Research
  • Group work
  • Planning campaigns
  • Participation in action
  • Evaluation of campaign