Citizenship - Options 2024

Citizenship Studies AQA 1CS0 01/02

Course contact: Mrs K Allchin  Allchin.k@whiteroseacademies.org

Course Description: Citizenship Studies teaches students about the political and legal systems of the UK. It also teaches students how they can play an active role in society. 

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What will I learn? 

Theme A: Living together in the UK. You will learn about population, migration, Human Rights, equality and local government. 

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK. You will learn about UK politics and democracy in depth. This will include topics such as political parties, how laws are made, the role of the prime Minister. 

Theme C: Law & justice. You will learn about the UK legal system in depth. 

Theme D: Power & influence. You will learn about citizenship participation, the role of the media and international organisations, including the UK’s role in international conflict. 

Theme E: Taking citizenship action. You will work in a group to research, plan, carry out and evaluate your own citizenship action, this could be a campaign, fundraising activity, lesson etc. 

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 (50% 0f grade)

Exam = 1 hr 45 mins

Paper 2 (50% 0f grade)

Exam = 1 hr 45 mins

Assessment overview

Section A: Questions are focused on specification Theme A: Living together in the UK.

Section B: Questions are focused on specification Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK.

 

Section C: Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Law and justice.

 

Section D: Extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C.

Section A: Questions relate to the students’ own citizenship action, as specified in specification

Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

 

Section B: Questions require students to comment on others’ actions and relate to specification

Theme D: Power and influence.

 

Section C: Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and influence. One question will

also link to content in one of Themes A–C.

 Future Opportunities and Careers

Citizenship lends itself to any careers that involve working with society. It would be a very useful qualification for anyone considering careers within politics, law and sociology.

The knowledge and skills gained from the citizenship course are useful for post-16 qualifications such as law, politics, sociology, media, criminology and psychology.

Skills developed in citizenship are useful for students who wish to become lawyers, public servants, civil servants, probation officers, police officers, charity workers and journalists. 

Further Information There are no tiers for GCSE citizenship studies, all students sit the same paper. Although there is lots of discussion and debate within the citizenship course, there is also a lot of extended writing.