Citizenship

GCSE Citizenship Studies has the power to motivate and enable young people to become thoughtful, active citizens.

Students gain a deeper knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present various viewpoints and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society.

They will also gain the ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate argument, weigh evidence and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence, all of which are essential skills valued by higher education and employers.

KEY STAGE 4

1. Citizenship skills, processes and methods

2. Life in modern Britain

What are the principles and values that underpin British society?
What do we mean by identity?
What is the role of the media and the free press?
What is the UK's role in key international organisations?How can citizens make their voice heard and make a difference in society?

Citizenship skills, processes and methods

3. Rights and responsibilities

What laws does a society require and why?
What are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system?
How has the law developed over time, and how does the law protect the citizen and deal with criminals?
What are the universal human rights and how do we protect them?
How do citizens play a part to bring about change in the legal system?
Citizenship processes, skills and methods

4. Politics and participation

Where does political power reside in the UK and how is it controlled?
What are the powers of local government and how can citizens participate?
Where does political power reside: with the citizen, parliament or government?
How do others govern themselves?
How can citizens try to bring about political change?
Citizenship skills, processes and methods

Paper 1 - What's assessed:

Section A: Active Citizenship
Section B: Politics and Participation

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of GCSE

Questions

Section A: Active citizenship questions: questions on the citizenship action of others and questions on the students taking citizenship action investigation (40 marks)
Section B: Politics and participation question (40 marks)
Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source-based questions, extended answer

Paper 2 - What's assessed:

Section A: Life in modern Britain
Section B: Rights and responsibilities

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of GCSE

Questions

Section A: Life in modern Britain questions (40 marks)
Section B: Rights and responsibilities questions (40 marks)
Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, source-based questions, extended answer

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