Students study the discrete subject of citizenship which culumniates in a GCSE qualifiation. This course is made up of five themes:
Theme A - Living together in the UK. This looks at issues such as:
What is a community?
- What give us our identity?
- Migration – pros and cons
- Human rights
- Political rights.
Theme B – Democracy at work in the UK. This looks at how the UK is governed:
- Voting and elections
- Different types of governments
- How laws are made
- How the government controls and uses its budget
Theme C – How the law works:
- What is the point of law?
- Criminal and civil law
- The justice system
- How can we reduce crime?
Theme D – Power and Influence. This looks at various ways in which governments, organisations including the media have power or influence over society:
- Trade Unions
- Media – the press and free speech
- European Union
- The Commonwealth
- The United Nations
Theme E – Taking Citizenship Action. Here students choose an issue linked to the above four themes. They create a campaign to raise awareness of this chosen issue globally or within the local community.
Students sit two terminal exams – both exams are worth 50% of the final examination grade. All five themes mentioned above are assessed across the two exams.