Subject Overview

GCSE Citizenship Studies helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, decision making and collaborative working.

Our specification – a two unit short course and a four unit full course – helps students to develop as active citizens of our democracy. The active citizenship element is strongly developed through controlled assessment which accounts for 60 per cent of the qualification.

This course meets the compulsory requirement for Citizenship to be studied in the National Curriculum and is suitable for all students. It gives students transferable skills and an insight into other subjects such as Law and Sociology.


The Citizenship GCSE course is made up of four main themes:

Theme 1: Community action and active citizenship

Within this theme we look at the democratic process, the miners' strike 1984-85, Trade unions, Health and safety in the workplace and the impact of government actions on citizens

Theme 2: Democracy and identity

Within this theme we look at the role of Parliament and the Government, devolution , voting, British identity, understanding diversity and the impact of migration.

Theme 3: Fairness and justice

Within this theme we look at the rights and responsibilities of the British citizen, human rights, promoting fundamental British values, the European Union, types of discrimination, the law and young offenders, the legal system, Politicians and the media.

Theme 4: Global issues and making a difference

Within this theme we look at understanding conflict, globalisation, world trade issues, sustainable development, the global food crisis, the UK and World organisations and how individuals can make a difference.