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Citizenship at Brighouse High School

Course description

Citizenship is a fascinating subject – it encompasses aspects of Sociology, Law and Politics. If you study or are interested in any of these subjects then you will really enjoy Citizenship and as a combination they complement each other well. Students who study Citizenship will often go onto study Politics, Law or International Relations at degree level.

You will learn about the world around you more so than in any other subject, and we debate and argue constantly. Studying Citizenship will also provide you with skills which are valued by employers, universities and colleges.

At the end of the course, you will be able to analyse, debate, weigh the validity of arguments, and use evidence to draw conclusions. It will also improve your essay writing skills significantly and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate contemporary issues.

We have very high expectations of our students: in terms of the effort you put in and the standard of work you produce. It will be necessary for you to undertake independent study as there is a large amount of information/content to learn for the examinations.

Course content

Year 12 AS Course Content:

Unit 1: Identity, rights and responsibilities

  • British identity
  • ·        Multiculturalism
  • ·        Discrimination
  • ·        Rights and responsibilities
  • ·        The legal system


Unit 2: Democracy, active citizenship and participation

  • Democracy
  • The political system – who holds power in Britain?
  • How can people make a difference?
  • Pressure groups and campaigning  


Year 13 A2 Course Content:

Unit 3:- Power and Justice

  • What is crime?
  • What is justice?
  • Who speaks on our behalf?
  • How is Britain governed?


Unit 4:- Global Issues and Making a Difference

  • Global issues and making a difference
  • Universal Human Rights
  • Global Issues – Conflict Trade and Environment
  • Making a difference

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.



AS course: 2 exams at the end of year 12 in May/June 2017

A2 course: 2 exams at the end of year 13 May/June 2018

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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