Citizenship GCSE

What is this subject and why should I study it?

Citizenship Studies has been designed to enable learners to understand and appreciate key citizenship issues at home, in school and as young citizens in their wider community.

Course Content and Assessment

Citizenship comprises three inter-related components:

  • Citizenship in perspective – 50-mark exam paper worth 25%
  • Citizenship in action – 100-mark exam paper worth 50%
  • Our rights, our society, our world – 50-mark paper worth 25%

Each component enables learners to understand what it means to be a citizen in today’s society in a practical way. The subject content is split into four key sections:

1: Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales Section

2: Democracy and government Section

3: The UK and the wider world Section

4: Citizenship Action

In Section 1, a study on rights, responsibilities and the law underpins the entire specification and focuses on how the legal system works in the United Kingdom (UK), as well as the process of the law and the rights and responsibilities that affect all citizens within the UK. This area will be assessed in all three components.

The component, Citizenship in perspective, will test elements across the entire specification through an examination based on 40 objective test questions.

A study on citizenship in action will focus on democracy and politics, the economy, finance and money as well as how citizens will participate in democracy and society.

The final component will focus on identity and diversity in the UK as well as looking at the UK’s relations with the wider world.

Any course requirements?

Citizenship Studies has been designed to inspire learners and motivate them to continue learning beyond the classroom. Students should be prepared to engage their passions and interests.