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Citizenship Studies AS AQA 2100 at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Citizenship is the study of society and the relationship between its members (citizens) and the government. A key part of this course is to develop the skills, confidence and conviction to enable citizens to take action on issues in their communities to bring about change. AQA extended project level 3 qualification (EPQ) is available as part of this AS level and carries additional UCAS points- equivalent to an AS level- so students gain two qualifications in one! AS Citizenship and the EPQ are also requirements for the AQABacc (Baccalaureate) - academy qualification. AS UNITS: UNIT 1: IDENITITY RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES Key questions in this unit include: What does it mean to be British?- fish and chips? Drinking tea? Is immigration a good thing for Britain? Do we all have an equal chance in life to get a good education? Should the Government have more or less control over what we do? Should we carry ID cards? How do courts protect your rights? •40 % of AS- one exam 1 hour and 15 mins UNIT 2: DEMOCRACY, ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP & PARTICIPATION Key questions in this unit include: Who has power in the UK?- Gordon Brown? David Beckham? If money is power, who has the most power? What is the ‘credit crunch’? How much influence does the media have? How does the European Union affect our lives? How can ordinary citizens make a difference? How can pressure groups be successful? •60% of AS- one exam 1 hour and 30 mins EXTRA FEATURES: ‘Wight 2B Heard’- the annual conference on the Island where you get to speak to (and argue with!) council leaders and other officials about issues that you care about. Various visits and outside speakers: the Island’s M.P, the High Sherriff, and Island Magistrates- a visit to the courts on the Island…to name a few.

Entry requirements

Standard 6th form entry is 5 or more GCSE A*-C. • Grade C or above in English language and at least 4 others at Grade A-C • GCSE Citizenship would be beneficial, but is not essential

Future opportunities

SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: Citizenship Studies combines effectively with any other AS or A2 subject. Some of the themes covered in this AS overlap and complement those found in Sociology, Law, History, Psychology, English, Government and Politics and Business Studies. POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: A level Citizenship Studies is accepted by all major Universities and is especially welcomed at Cambridge. The course is useful for a number of Degree Courses, and is particularly compatible with Sociology, Law, Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, Psychology, Government and Politics, History, and English. The broad key skills developed in this course are also desirable by most employers and are particularly useful for careers in fields such as; the police service, the probation service, the prison service, law, media, management, nursing and social work.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year