AS/A2 Citzenship

Staff Quote

Course Leader for AS / A2

Paul Taylor

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”

- Kofi Annan (Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary-General of the United Nations 1997-2006)

Why study Citizenship?

Citizenship studies our role as citizens of the United Kingdom and the European Union. As adults young people will be able to vote in elections, may have to do jury service or appear in court, will need to know what rights they have in work and as a consumer and will need to know how they can change something in society they disagree with, for example by contacting an MP or joining a political party or protest group. No other subject in school prepares you for this. Citizenship will teach you about your country's political and legal system and more importantly encourage you to think about some of the important issues you will have deal with as an adult citizen. These include whether our current election system is unfair, what are the effects of immigration on society and whether it is justified to break the law to protest against something which you feel strongly about. Citizenship is a useful preparation for careers in areas such as law and criminal justice, politics, public administration and business but is also something that everyone should study in order to be an informed and active member of British society.

Aims / Objectives

In Citizenship we aim :

  • Encourage young people to develop a critical understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
  • Develop skills of active citizenship, including being able to research for information, present and debate ideas and make a useful contribution to improving the lives of others.
  • Enable all students to achieve at and above their target grades in Citizenship.
  • Prepare students for success in exams through high quality teaching and a programme of supported self study, revision and exam practice.
  • Prepare students for further study in further and higher education.
  • Equip students with the skills and knowledge to exercise their role as confident and active citizens of the UK.

Key Stage 4

At the end of year 9 students can opt to take GCSE Citizenship in years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 5

Post-16 students have the option of studying the following Citizenship courses:

The present course is:

AS Citizenship (Unit 1: Identities, Rights and Responsibilities and Unit 2: Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation)

A2 Citizenship (Unit 3: Power and Justice and Unit 4: Global Issues and Making a Difference)

Students can take an AS qualification in one year or can continue to A2 in their second year to gain a full A Level.