Pupils follow the AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies course in Year 9 and Year 10 in which they will gain a deeper knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present various viewpoints and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society.
They also gain the ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate argument, weigh evidence and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence, all of which are essential skills valued by higher education and employers.
During Year 9, pupils have three lessons of Citizenship per cycle in which they cover the following units:
- Life in Modern Britain
- Rights & Responsibilities
- Politics & Participation
During Year 10, pupils have one lesson of Citizenship per cycle in which they cover taking citizenship action.
Pupils sit two external examinations at the end of Year 10 in order to achieve the full GCSE.
More information can be found on the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/citizenship/gcse/citizenship-studies-8100