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Citizenship

Year 9

GCSE Citizenship is a qualification that informs pupils on the active role they need to play in society

The course is divided into 5 Themes. Students in year 9 will study themes A, B and C. They students will explore how democracy, communities and the laws works within the UK in each theme respectively. The main skill the year 9 citizenship class will be developing is their ability to critically analyse and evaluate laws and the concept of democracy within the UK.  This will enable students to develop their extended writing skills. They will learn how to counter argue, persuade and include key legislation and case studies to strengthen their point of view.  They will also analyse various sources of media and why some media forms are more reliable than others when giving political information.

Students are assessed on their knowledge of democracy and the UK legal system in an internal exam at the end of each term. Exam board studied: Edexcel

  Key concepts and topics taught
Autumn Term

 

Communities and Identity

Impact of migration

Identity

Spring Term

 

Democratic values

Freedom of speech

Elections and voting systems

Summer Term

 

Principle and sources of law

Criminal and Civil law

Youth Justice

 

Year 10

GCSE Citizenship is a qualification that informs pupils on the active role they need to play in society

The course is divided into 5 Themes. Students in year 9 will study themes A, B and C. They students will explore how democracy, communities and the laws works within the UK in each theme respectively. The main skill the year 9 citizenship class will be developing is their ability to critically analyse and evaluate laws and the concept of democracy within the UK.  This will enable students to develop their extended writing skills. They will learn how to counter argue, persuade and include key legislation and case studies to strengthen their point of view.  They will also analyse various sources of media and why some media forms are more reliable than others when giving political information.

Students are assessed on their knowledge of democracy and the UK legal system in an internal exam at the end of each term. Exam board studied: Edexcel

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Communities and Identity

Impact of migration

Identity

Spring Term

Democratic values

Freedom of speech

Elections and voting systems

Summer Term

Principle and sources of law

Criminal and Civil law

Youth Justice

Year 11

In year 11 students will use knowledge gained from Theme A, B, C and D to carry out a research project. Students are given the chance to engage in a topic they found interesting in the previous Themes in years 9 and 10. This project will develop skills of investigation, problem solving, advocacy and campaigning. Theme D and E will enable students to explore current issues that impact on modern society, engaging them with what it means to be an active citizen and preparing them for their next steps in today’s global world.

In Theme D students will study the power and influence citizens in the UK have. They will look at case studies examining ways in which citizens have co-operated to improve society through actions such as campaigning, petitioning, lobbying and giving speeches. They will then engage in practical experiences of taking these citizenship actions themselves to address an issue of their choice as required by theme E by carrying out a research project. Exam board studied: Edexcel

  Key concepts and topics taught

 

Autumn Term

 

Direct and indirect democracy

Digital democracy

Interest groups and pressure groups

Spring Term

 

Identify and issue

Secondary and primary research into the issue

Representing the views of others

Advocacy

Critical evaluation of campaign

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