Citizenship Studies

Curriculum Vision

Citizenship Studies equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. Students are encouraged to play an active role in school life, their local community and wider society as active and global citizens.

Curriculum content

GCSE Citizenship Studies is as an optional subject for students in years 10 and 11. The course prepares students to become active citizens of democracy. The subject allows students to apply their learning to real-life scenarios on both a local and global scale through the ‘active citizenship’ module within the course.

Examination Information


GCSE Citizenship Studies



Syllabus number

Syllabus (8100)
Module 1: Life in modern Britain
Module 2: Rights and responsibilities
Module 3: Politics and participation
Module 4: Active citizenship

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Assessment details

Two external examinations:
Paper 1: Active citizenship & politics and participation
1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of the GCSE

Paper 2: Life in modern Britain & rights and responsibilities
1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of the GCSE

Further details

Students will be expected, either alone or working with others, to carry out an investigation into a citizenship issue based upon any part of the subject knowledge content. The investigation will lead to citizenship action.  This section of the course requires completion and the teacher to sign off that students have done so as they are then questioned about their active citizenship investigation in paper 1 of the GCSE course. 

Recommended textbook and revision guides

AQA GCSE (9–1) Citizenship Studies (AQA GCSE Citizenship) Paperback – 29 July 2016

My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies Second Edition Paperback – 23 Feb 2018

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