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Citizenship Studies A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

The nature of Citizenship is at the heart of contemporary debates about the type of society which we want to live in. Citizenship Studies focuses on active itizenship. It gives students who are interested in social and political issues the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in both practical and theoretical ways. There are four Units:

Unit 1 – Identity, rights and responsibilities

  • What does it mean to be British?
  • Are we all equal citizens?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • How are my rights protected?

Unit 2 – Democracy, active citizenship and participation

  • Who can make a difference?
  • How can I make a difference?

As part of Unit 2, all students will take part in an Active Citizenship activity to demonstrate their citizenship skills.

Unit 3 – Power and justice

  • Crime, justice and punishment
  • Politics, power and participation

Unit 4 – Global issues and making a difference

  • Human rights
  • Conflict and resolution
  • A case study based on a pre-released topic

Course content

Citizenship Studies develops some of the themes which students may have encountered during Citizenship courses at secondary school. The focus of the course is on ‘rights and responsibilities’. Issues that will be covered include:

  • What is citizenship?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • Why should I vote?
  • How can I change society?
  • How does the media influence politics?
  • Does equality of opportunity exist?
How it is taught

A variety of teaching methods is used. Discussion forms an essential part of every lesson. We also encourage students to become involved in Citizenship in practical ways such as by investigating local pressure groups and campaigns. We have speakers on a regular basis e.g. a local Councillor and an MP.

Students are encouraged to work in groups and also to become independent learners through carrying out research assignments.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

An interest in political and social issues is essential.

Assessment

Unit 1

  • Identity, rights and responsibilities - 1 hour 15 mins - 1st year June

Unit 2

  • Democracy, active citizenship and participation - 1 hour 30 mins - 1st year June

Unit 3

  • Power and justice - 1 hour 30 mins - 2nd year June

Unit 5

  • Global issues and making a difference - 1 hour 30 mins - 2nd year June

Future opportunities

The course is seen as very valuable for those progressing on to Law/Politics courses at degree level. For those going into employment, Citizenship Studies would be useful for careers in the police or social services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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