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Welcome to the Citizenship department

Citizenship Studies

The GCSE Citizenship Studies engages students in deepening their knowledge of democracy and government, the law, rights and responsibilities and how we live together in society. It aims to give them the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with democratic society including politics, the media, civil society, the economy and the law. We want them to critically evaluate the ways actions are conducted, laws and procedures used in the UK and be able to compare them to alternatives. Through active citizenship students get the opportunity to focus on something they feel passionate about and our intention is that students will get to explore the ways they can make a difference and actively seek these out in their own lives to make themselves active members of our community.


Phase 2 and 3:

Citizenship Studies is covered on our Futures Days. All year groups will follow a bespoke curriculum day focussed on Citizenship and will meet the statutory requirements.

GCSE Option AQA Citizenship Studies

Year 10 Topics


Paper 2—Theme 1 Life in modern Britain



Paper 1 - Students active citizenship investigation



Paper 2—Theme 2 Rights


Year 11 Topics


Paper 1—Theme 3 Politics


Active citizenship—Embedded into  all three themes as part of revision

Support available 


The school has set up a google classroom for students to use. All PowerPoints from the lessons will be loaded onto here along with other paper resources we give you.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/citizenship/gcse/citizenship-studies-8100/specification-at-a-glance Key examination information can be found here.


For the GCSE option students additional support sessions are held one evening a week and one lunch time a week (dependant on the year group).

How parents can support 


Please support us by ensuring students complete homework set. This will be particularly important in their active citizenship unit.

Revision Guide

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1) Citizenship Studies second Edition (Oxford University Press). This is one comprehensive guide which covers all the content in both the GCSE exams. 

We recommend all students purchase this at the start of the course and do not wait till year 11 to do so. Please make sure it is the second edition (2018).

Exam Practice

Walking talking mocks are embedded the schemes of learning for all GCSE students. We also do exam practice regularly in lessons.

Career opportunities 

Citizenship Studies encourages a number of skills which are useful in many fields, developing particularly the following skills:

  • clear and logical thinking
  • research skills
  • planning and organising
  • evaluation of ideas
  • an ability to empathise and understand conflict
  • problem-solving skills

These skills are particularly useful for future careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration, the civil service, public services such as nursing or the police, or the media.