Citizenship

GCSE Citizenship Studies

 

Subject Leader:

Miss Batten

Contact:

bbatten@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk

Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies 1CS0

QN Code:

601/8244/1

 

 

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

Assessment

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    
(*PAPER CODE:1CSO/01) 

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 
(*PAPER CODE:1CSO/02)

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.