Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils can opt to study and GCSE in Citizenship Studies.

Method of assessment:

GCSE Citizenship is assessed by three written examinations in June of Year 11.
Content Overview
Assessment Overview

Citizenship in perspective

-  Sections 1-3 of the specification will be sampled.

Citizenship in perspective
(01)
50 marks
50 minutes
written paper
25%
of total
GCSE
Citizenship in action **
-  Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales (Section 1)
-  Democracy and government (Section 2)
-  Citizenship Action (Section 4)
Citizenship in action
(02)*
100 marks
1 hour 45 minutes
written paper
50%
of total
GCSE
Our rights, our society, our world
-  Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales (Section 1)
-  The UK and the wider world (Section 3)
Our rights, our society,
our world
(03)
50 marks
1 hour
written paper
25%
of total
GCSE
GCSE Citizenship students plan and carry out a citizenship action to identify and tackle a social issue facing their local community or their wider society.  Students are encouraged to work independently to plan and carry out their own campaign and make a positive impact on their communities.  This citizen action is then assessed through the ‘Citizenship in Action’ exam.

Studying Citizenship is a statutory requirement for all KS3 and KS4 students.  This requirement is met in KS3 through Citizenship lessons.  For the students who do not opt to study Citizenship as a GCSE at KS4, students meet their Citizenship requirement through Citizenship sessions during PM form-time.

YEAR 9
HALF-TERM TOPIC
 1 Rights and Responsibiities
2 The Law
3 Citizenship Action
4 The Legal System
5 Democracy, elections and voting in the UK
6 National, local, regional and devolved government 
 
YEAR 10
HALF-TERM TOPIC
1 The British Constitution
2 The economy, finance and money
3 Citizen participation and taking citizen action
4 The role of the media and free press
5 Politics beyond the UK
6 Comparing the UK's political system to China and Switzerland
YEAR 11
HALF-TERM TOPIC
1 Identities and diversity in UK society
2 The UK and it's wider relations with the world
3 Revision for GCSE exams
4 Revision for GCSE exams
5 Exams
6 Exams