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teaching staff 

  • Shama Khanam

Curriculum Aims

We aim to create questioning and informed citizens, who can participate in wider democratic society. Students will gain an understanding of how the political system in the UK works. Citizenship is a combination of subjects with 50% being POLICTICS based. The remaining content overlaps with:

  • History
  • Sociology 
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Media Studies 

Year 10 and 11

At GCSE Citizenship is split into 5 themes:

  1. Living together in the UK - What is identity? How have communities develpoed in the UK? 
  2. Democracy at work in the UK - Who runs the country? How does Parliament work?
  3. Law and Justice - What is the law? How does the Criminal Justice System work?
  4. Power and Influence - What role and influence should the media have?
  5. Taking citizenship action - Studnets will organise and participate in a political campaign. 

As part of the course, you will choose an issue of your choice and organise and participate in a campaign. Past topics have included: 

  • Mental Health
  • Female Genital Mutilation 
  • Forced Marriages
  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis
  • Human Trafficking 

Students take two exams, each being worth 50% of the final GCSE grade: 

Exam 1: Comprises of 4 sections exploring themes 1, 2, 3 and 4

Exam 2: Comprises of 3 sections exploring themes 1, 2,  and 3 in context. Students will also be asked about their Citizenship campaign - theme 5.

Exam Board and Syllabus