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Citizenship Studies (short course) GCSE at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

AQA Citizenship provides young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. It encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to become involved in group discussions and class debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy by studying how laws are made, roles of political parties. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. Students learn about pressure groups and how this influences political decision making. Students play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens. Students learn about international organisations and the global economy and the UKs role within our world community. Through the issues of social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, students learn to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. Citizenship helps young people to develop their critical thinking and decision making skills, consider a wide range of political, social, ethical and moral problems, and explore opinions and ideas other than their own. They evaluate information, make informed judgments and reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future. The course comprises of 4 Units. Unit 1 and 2 are assessed in Year 9 which is to be topped up to make a GCSE Full Course by studying Units 3 and 4 in Year 10. Controlled assessments account for 60% of the overall GCSE mark. The following are the themes taught and examined in the units over the two year period: Theme 1: Community action and active citizenship Theme 2: Being a citizen in the UK: democracy and identity Theme 3: Fairness and justice Theme 4: Global issues and making a difference

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in History or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to citizenship studies such as working in politics, in the media or within human rights. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years