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Citizenship




Subject Mission Statement

Citizenship is the study of politics, rights and responsibilities, active citizenship and life in modern Britain. Students become politically literate, empowering them to partake in our democracy. Gaining an understanding of human rights enables students to ensure their rights are upheld in every area of their lives. Students learn the importance of showing respect to others, to encourage community cohesion. Students develop skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present various viewpoints and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society. They gain ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate arguments, weigh evidence and seek alternative interpretations and sources of evidence - essential skills valued by higher education and employers.




Overview

Citizenship Studies is taught within the EPD curriculum content at KS3. Students are encouraged to pay attention to local, national and international events and learn a range of topics; from understanding the complexities of a diverse United Kingdom, to how to play an active role as a citizen within our democratic society.

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Year 7

• British value
• Multicultural societ
• Migration trends and patterns


Year 8

• Democracy and governmen
• Methods of participation in a democratic society
Active Citizenship


Year 9

• Rights and responsibilities with a focus on key human rights such as ‘Freedom of Speech’
• The role of media in UK society




Overview

Studying GCSE Citizenship enables learners to understand and appreciate their rights and responsibilities at home, in school and as young citizens in their wider community. Students will learn more about the benefits and challenges of living in a modern, culturally diverse, tolerant and democratic society while, at the same time, developing a growing understanding of people’s interdependence locally and globally. As students develop their knowledge and understanding of the United Kingdom’s role in an increasingly complex world, students will be given the opportunity to analyse and evaluate some of the most significant political issues of our time.



KS4 Intent Statement

Studying GCSE Citizenship, students follow the OCR Citizenship Curriculum, this enables learners to understand and appreciate their rights and responsibilities at home, in school and as young citizens in their wider community. Students explore and understand the benefits and challenges of living in a modern, culturally diverse, tolerant and democratic society while, at the same time, developing a growing understanding of people’s interdependence locally and globally. The complex array of ideas and current issues taught allow students to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the United Kingdom’s role in an increasingly complex world. The units taught at Key Stage 4 give students the opportunity to analyse and evaluate some of the most significant political issues of our time.
Topic 1; Rights, the legal system and the law encourage students to engage and understand the importance of Human Rights and how they are protected within our current political system and the legal system today. This covers a broad period of time and enables students the ability to draw broad comparisons about the protection of human rights over time. Topic 2; Democracy and the Government offers students a focussed and in-depth investigation into the makeup of the political system today, considering how political parties vary in their views and what the work of the Houses of Parliament actually is in relation to our own lives today. Topic 3; The UK and Wider World incorporates all the previous learning from the previous units to encourage students to gain a well-rounded and secure understanding of the context of the UK within International relations and the position it holds within certain organisations like NATO for example. Ultimately, the skills and knowledge learnt across the three units culminate in students becoming active citizens. They are able to understand the position of a citizen within society and encourage awareness and change of different issues through different methods of activism in their own projects within the school environment.
The whole of the Citizenship Studies course both challenges and inspires students to engage in the complexities of society today. Through a range of rigorous assessment points, students will gain the skills of leadership, team-work, research, literacy, advocacy and debate to become an active, knowledgeable and considerate participant in their society. The Citizenship curriculum will also help to inspire students further beyond the taught curriculum with a programme of outside the classroom opportunities, guest speakers and academic engagement. The study of Citizenship is also an excellent avenue for opening many opportunities in further academic study with a range of different subject areas such as History, Geography, Politics, Economics and Sociology being available and building on the previous foundations that have been learnt through the GCSE.


Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Citizenship
Qualification Specification Code: J270
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.


Why should I study this course?

Citizenship Studies links to a range of different subject areas such as History, Geography, Politics, Economics and Sociology. It therefore offers students the chance to broaden their general knowledge and become more aware of significant world events and issues. Citizenship is also the perfect vehicle for developing a variety of skills, ranging from leadership, teamwork, research, literacy, advocacy and debate. Students can develop the skills necessary to be an active, knowledgeable and considerate participant in their society.


What knowledge and/or skills will I need?

Skills and knowledge that you will need, or that you will be required to develop, include: - A genuine interest in keeping up-to-date with local, national and international news. - An in-depth understanding of how the UK works politically, socially and economically. - Critical thinking, analysis, teamwork and leadership skills.


What will I study in this qualification?




How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place over three papers at the end of the GCSE Course:

Paper 1: Citizenship in perspective
Multiple choice questions
50 minutes
25% of the final GCSE grade

Paper 2: Citizenship in action Written answers
1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the final GCSE grade

Paper 3: Our rights, our society, our world
Written answers
1 hour
25% of the final GCSE grade


Possible Career Paths

Citizenship encourages learners to make positive contributions to their school, college and wider community through links with senior school/college leaders and representatives of: community organisations; political parties; pressure groups; charities; the police; legal services and the media. Citizenship Studies would therefore complement pathways into many different job sectors.


Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Andre



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