Citizenship is a course which encourages students to look at the world around them. It equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision making an different forms of action. Students play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
The department follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Introduction Unit to Citizenship
Students cover key words and concepts that they will encounter over the Key Stage 3 Citizenship curriculum.
Students examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Children's Human Rights Act. Students then use the UNDHR to examine slavery in the modern day. Students can also investigate what happens when you do not live up to your responsibilities.
Building on from the unit on Fairtrade, students design a chocolate bar and need to balance their finances when producing a marketing campaign.
Students investigate why we need charities in life and how charities raise money, they also look at the welfare system in Britain. Students choose a charity and raise money for it.
Students look at the work of pressure groups and examine why they are needed.
Students look at the importance of recognising their own personal safety.
Building on the Personal Safety unit, students learn the basics of First Aid.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Students examine what life is like for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Students look at media coverage of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Students look at what the police do in their community and study some of the laws that directly affect them such as 'stop and search'. Students will also be able to talk with the local Police in a Question and Answer session.
Students look at why a country would want to be a democracy by examing the difference between a democracy and dictatorship. Students also look at different types of voting systems.
Parliament and Politics
Students look at the role of a MP and examine what takes place in Parliament. Students will also examine the different roles of people in the Cabinet.
Students look specifically at how the country raises its money and what it spends it on. Students write their own mock budget.
Students examine how conflict is resolved. Students will examine personal, local and international conflicts and discuss the different ways in which they should be resolved.
The European Union
Students examine why the EU was created and what use it is for Britain. Students will examine the symbolism of the Euro and EU flag.
Alcohol and Drug Awareness
Students will begin the Alcohol and Drug Awareness unit; understanding the risks and effects on themselves and the wider community.
Students examine the UNDHR and the Children's Human Rights Act. Students then use the UNDHR to examine the impact on current affairs.
Students from Year 9 commence their AQA GCSE studies. Through studying power, politics and the media, rights and responsibilities and the Global Village, students develop and apply knowledge and understanding about being informed citizens, explore local, national and international issues, problems and events of current interest and learn to critically evaluate their participation within school and community activities.
Throughout Key Stage 4, students also study units which include Sex Education, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Discrimination, Diversity, Finance, Careers and Life Skills.
One piece of homework is set once per fortnight.
Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed
Students must have the required set of stationery items as listed in the Student Planner. All other materials are provided including text books and exercise books. Research using the Library and both BBC Bitesize and BBC News are strongly recommended.
Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4
A Level Politics or Law are perfect subjects that link with Citizenship.
The BTEC Public Services courses also accept students with good GCSE grades in Citizenship.
Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject
Citizenship is excellent for preparing for careers in Education, the Law, the Civil Service or local Government. It is also considered favourably by organisations such as the Police and finance organisations.