Accreditation at Key Stage 4
GCSE: AQA Citizenship Studies (Short Course)
Some Key Stage 4 learners will study the AQA Citizenship Studies course. Citizenship studies is a GCSE qualification and is made up of a combination of Exam (40%) and Controlled Assessment (60%).
We aim to empower our learners to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities whilst also allowing them the opportunity to explore their social and political views. Citizenship is becoming a cornerstone subject in our education system, allowing our students the opportunity in becoming good global citizens. Citizenship Studies is also very beneficial for our students as it helps them to work towards the common good by organising project work on behalf of their chosen charities.
How can I help my son/daughter in Citizenship?
Overview of the course:
Past Papers and Mark Schemes:
What to watch:
BBC1: ‘The Big Question’, Sundays 10am
BBC1: ‘Question Time’, Thursdays 10.15pm
What to read:
My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies Textbook
Two BBC news reports provide helpful starting points. ‘So what exactly is multiculturalism?’ can be found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3600791.stm
and a survey on public attitudes to multiculturalism, ‘UK majority back multiculturalism’, can be found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4137990.stm
Local and national newspapers
What to do:
The best thing for pupils to do is to discuss the topics they have studied and the issues raised in class, outside of school with family and friends. We encourage debate so that pupils can learn to understand, criticise and evaluate the views of others, as well as learning to justify their own arguments.