What is Citizenship?

“Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. They also learn the skills of active citizenship. Teaching is brought to life using real issues and events in local to global contexts.” (Association of Citizenship Teachers)

All students study Citizenship and PSHE. At KS 3 students are taught the following topics:


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Being a citizen Legal rights and responsibilities Political systems
Human Rights Police Powers Monarchy
Conflicts How Britain is ruled Punishment and Reform
Personal Beliefs Campaigning on local issues Debating
Campaigning Free speech EU
Eco-issues Media and Censorship UN
SRE SRE Commonwealth
Bullying Drugs Migration
Personal Safety   Community Cohesion
    Personal Finance



Information will also be available for students on google classroom.

KEY STAGE 4 Citizenship

GCSE Citizenship Studies

Student who choose the GCSE option for Citizenship will follow the AQA course (course code: 8100)


There are two exam papers taken at the end of year 11:

  • Paper 1
  • Section A: Active Citizenship
  • Section B: Politics And Participation
  • Paper 2
  • Section A: Life in modern Britain
  • Section B: Rights and responsibilities


In these units topics such as the following are covered:

  • Law
  • Political power
  • International Organisations e.g. NATO, UN, WTO
  • NGOs
  • Conflicts
  • The media and the free press
  • Human rights
  • Identity
  • Values
  • Bringing about change and taking action


Why study Citizenship at GCSE?

  • Future Careers and areas of study it will compliment include: social sciences, politics, journalism, law, economics, sociology, international relations, social policy



All students in years 10 and 11 will study PSHCE once a fortnight on their timetable.

These lessons will include the following topics:

  • The Law and Young people – e.g. civil and criminal law, the courts, joint enterprise, the role of the police


  • Sex and Relationships Education – e.g. the law, consent, respect, positive and negative relationships, exploitation, sharing images


  • Mental Health – e.g. resilience, mental health issues, overcoming taboos and prejudice, body image


  • Drugs Education – the law, dependency, effects on the individual and society


  • Exam techniques


  • Preparation for the future – CVs, ready for work, interview skills