Citizenship education at Sunbury Manor is about enabling our students to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities by giving all students the opportunity to develop an understanding and take their place in the society that we live in. Lessons are designed to enhance leadership and teamwork skills whilst offering opportunities for students to express their thoughts and opinions in a non-offensive, but clear way. We understand that not all students will have the same thoughts and opinions, but we do work hard to promote an environment where students have respect and acceptance for everyone’s different beliefs, opinions, life choices and circumstances.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will start the year learning about rules, rights, fairness and responsibilities. They will focus on responsibilities and rules, why we have them and their importance whilst also looking at evaluating their fairness and discussing ways to make fair decisions.  Students will cover a unit about the rights of young people, questioning which rights young people have and which other rights young people are deprived of.

Students will finish this unit by carrying out a series of lessons linked to debating. Within these lessons each student will take part in a debate and develop the skill of public speaking; this helps boots student’s confidence and promotes team work and leadership skills within the classroom.

The spring term involves students exploring their own identities, focusing on the individual qualities each students has that makes up their individual identity, then making the link and importance between a happy and inclusive school and wider community and the benefits of the different qualities each student/family can bring to their community.

During the summer term students will study communities, focusing on what makes a good community; how communities can get along better and analysing different types of services provided by the community. Students will then be encouraged to research local communities, identifying the positive aspects of the communities as well as identifying areas needing to change and improve. This will draw the Citizenship year to a close with a final lesson for students to demonstrate their understanding for how to not only be a good citizen, but also an active citizen with the school and wider community.


Year 8

Students will start the year learning about laws and the justice system. They will explore the different reasons for youth crime and learn the different strategies the local authorities have in place to help young offenders. This unit offers the chance to cover important issues, such as the rights of the police and the rights of the young offender. This topic also highlights the feelings young people have towards the police and the justice system and allows for feelings to be explored, explained and justified. Students will cover a unit about the young offender’s institution focusing on the daily routines and struggles a young offender would face. This topic will also focus on youth court, adult court and sentencing.

The summer term involves students learning about liberty and freedom. This unit of work allows students to study liberty and freedom in the UK but also around the world, encouraging them to identify the differences and determine what sort of country they want to live in. They will learn what democracy is and the important role democracy plays in the society they live in.


Year 9

Students will start the year learning about how to manage their money. They will cover why we use money, what they do with their money and explore the best ways to pay for things. The unit provides a detailed look at the different types of bank accounts and features of a current account. Students will take part in budgeting tasks and reflect on the most appropriate and effective ways to manage their money.

Throughout the spring and summer term, students will learn about parliament and democracy which starts off with a brief look into the history of the monarchy, then focuses specifically on the British monarchy today, exploring the role of the monarchy and challenging the different feelings towards the monarchy and deciding whether they feel that is it time for the monarchy to change.   

Students will research and study the houses of parliament and lords, to determine differences between both whilst gaining a clear understanding for political parties and the electoral process.

This unit aims to makes the clear link of how the system of parliament and democracy fit together. Students will end Year 9 with a clear understanding of the monarchy, parliament and the government.


Key Stage 4


GCSE Citizenship Studies


Subject Leader:

Miss Batten


Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies 1CS0

QN Code:




Summary of course content

The GCSE is made up of 5 subject components.

  • Living together in the UK
  • Democracy at work in the UK
  • How the law works
  • Taking Citizenship action
  • Power and influence


All five components are assessed by students completing two written papers.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Discussion, debating, group tasks, case studies, investigations, written tasks, public speaking, presentations and practical activities (initial research).  

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Research tasks, revision exercises, tasks designed to re-test students understanding from the lesson content and to refresh subject knowledge.


Paper 1    

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

80 marks

Assessment overview

Section A

Questions are focused on specification Theme A: Living together in the UK

Section B

Questions are focused on specification Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Section C

Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Law and justice

Section D

Extended – response questions related to two or more specification Themes A-C


Paper 2 

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

80 marks                          

Assessment overview

Section A

Questions are focused on specification Theme E: Citizenship action

Section B

Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and influence: Other’s action

Section C

Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Power and influence


How will it help me in the future?

On completion of your GCSE Citizenship Studies course, you could progress to further education. Courses at level 3 include:

  • A level Citizenship Studies
  • A level Political Studies
  • BTEC in Citizenship Studies
  • This GCSE will enable you to look for work in a wide range of roles. It is a beneficial qualification for employment in: Social work, law, the police force, journalism, teaching, charity work, politics and much more.  

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

You are expected to have experience of taking part in discussions about issues in society. You should also have some experience of debating, public speaking and listening. You should have some experience of these from your English and Citizenship lessons.

What skills will I develop?

This course encourages students to develop a range of skills such as :

  • Using and applying knowledge and understanding of citizenship ideas and concepts.
  • Thinking deeply and critically about a wide range of political, social, economic and ethical issues and questions facing society. (Presenting these ideas through class presentation or extended writing tasks)
  • Formulating citizenship enquiries, to explore and research citizenship issues and actions, by analysing and evaluating information and interpreting sources of evidence.