New to Crispin is GCSE Citizenship which is a highly relevant GCSE which looks at centenary issues along with teaching students about identity and British values, democracy and how the country is run, rights and responsibilities, the economy, laws and the justice system along with where power and influence lie, locally, nationally and globally.
Students will also research, plan, do and review a Citizenship campaign where they can attempt to bring about change on a Citizenship topic they feel passionately about. This project is examined in paper two which is sat at the end of year 11 and is worth 15% of the awarded marks.
Analysing sources of information and extended writing form part of the assessments along with multiple choice questions and short knowledge-based questions. Explaining your own views and analysing opposing viewpoints is vital for success in Citizenship, along with identifying bias and explaining the impact policies and protocols have on citizens.
There are five themes that make up the GCSE:
- Theme A – Living in the UK (Identity, British values, immigration and migration, rights and Resp)
- Theme B – Democracy and how it works (political parties, policies, democracy and voting)
- Theme C – How the Law works (sources and principles of law, courts and the justice system)
- Theme D – Power and Influence (media and influence, global organisations, the economy)
- Theme E – Citizenship Action (advocacy and action)
Paper 1 is worth 80 marks and 50% of the final grade and is 1 hour and 45 mins long.
A mixture of multiple-choice questions, knowledge-based questions, source analysis and an extended response question, responding to a statement worth 15 marks.
Theme A, B, C and D feature in paper 1.
Paper 2 is worth 80 marks and 50% of the final grade with the first section of the paper asking students about their Citizenship project. Again, a mixture of multiple-choice questions, source-based questions on Citizenship action and an extended response question where students respond to statements.
As part of the course, we will visit parliament and the supreme court in London to give the students a hands-on experience of Parliament and the justice system.
Attached is a parent handout which can help you support your child with the content and give you more detail on the content.
If students are considering post 16 courses of Law, Politics, Economics, Media, Journalism, Philosophy, Sociology, Public Services then Citizenship is a fantastic foundation for these subjects.
Career links: The following careers are all linked or referenced during the course and Citizenship would give you an advantage compared to those who have not studied Citizenship: charity sector workers, police, lawyers, solicitors, magistrates, journalists, local counsellors, MP’s and politicians, public services, teaching, civil service and international development.
Last Updated: September 2022