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Citizenship

GCSE Citizenship – Edexcel

Citizenship Studies is an exciting course to take for GCSE.
We are bombarded with information about things like 9/11, terrorist attacks, war-torn Syria, the Manchester riots, environmental issues, Fairtrade in Africa, HIV and AIDs and people’s lack of rights across the world, but most of us find it hard to understand about these things.

Citizenship Studies is about how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society, locally, nationally and globally. Our GCSE gives students the opportunity to learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. Citizenship is not just about sitting in classrooms; this subject gets you out and about, involved in community activity. Through group work you will explore an issue you really care about; you’ll plan to interview people in authority and organise a campaign for action to raise awareness and make a difference.

Departmental staff                         Mr. Jacques- Head of Department

 

How will I be assessed?

The final grade students will achieve will be based on two final exams, each taking 1hr 45mins each. The course, like most others will now be 100% exam. 15% of the questions in the exam will be based upon a practical element, this is where students do something good to make a difference and is basically the replacement of the old ‘coursework’.

 

What will I learn?

Year 10 Year 11
Theme A: – Living together in the UK
• How have communities developed in the UK?
• What is identity?
• What are democratic values and where do they come from?
• How does local democracy work?Theme B:- Democracy at work in the UK
• Who runs the country?
• How does Parliament work?
• How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations?
• How does government manage public money? Theme C: – Law and justice
• What is the law for and how does it affect us?
• How does the justice system work?
• Is crime increasing in society?
Theme D:- Power and influence
• What power and influence can citizens have?
• What role and influence should the media have?
• Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world?Theme E: – Taking citizenship action
Students must carry out an in-depth, critical investigation leading to citizenship action. The investigation and action can be based on any aspect or issue arising from the course content and should
be designed to have an impact locally, nationally or globally. There are many types of investigation and action that students can take that use different methods and citizenship skills.

 

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 – Multiple Choice Paper (45 minutes)
  • Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment Investigation
  • Unit 3 – Written Paper (90 minutes)

 

Skills: Students will develop the following

  • Accounting & Finance Management Skills – excellent if you would like a career in accountancy or finance and also for your own personal finance.
  • Practical skills – time management, personal organisation and action planning
  • Presentational skills – presenting in front of others and addressing audiences using a variety of media and form
  • Interpersonal skills – communication with people in real business and group work in many of the teaching activities
  • Cognitive skills – you will be much more reflective and will learn to review own and others’ performances
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