GCSE Citizenship

‘As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost.’ – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 What will I study?

OCR Citizenship Studies GCSE (9-1)

Citizenship studies have been designed to enable learners to understand and appreciate key citizenship issues at home, in school and as young citizens in the wider community.

This will include topics such as:

  • Rights, the law and the legal system in the UK
  • Democracy and government
  • The UK and the wider world
  • Citizenship action

The course will enable you to deepen your knowledge of the above topics while also enabling you to think critically, evaluate evidence, debate ideas, make persuasive arguments and justify your conclusions.


How will I be assessed?

Pupils will sit three exams at the end of Year 11.  Papers 1 and 3 are each worth 25% of the GCSE, and Paper 2 is worth the final 50%.  The course is exam-based only; there is no controlled assessment element. However, you will be expected to take part in an ‘active citizenship’ campaign. Evidence of this campaign will be needed to be able to provide OCR with a written statement confirming your participation.

You will be regularly tested to ensure progress towards targets. They will be the completion of case study analysis and evaluations to produce extended pieces of writing on key topics. Past exam papers will be used to familiarise you with the exam format and also to gain an accurate judgement on your ability. You must engage with assessments and feedback in order to progress and improve.

Exercise books will also be marked regularly and you must respond to any feedback given.  If you miss a lesson for any reason it is your responsibility to catch up on the missing work.

How can I stretch my learning?

To develop an understanding of key Citizenship themes, you could:

  • Watch local, national and international news to keep up to date with current affairs and different viewpoints
  • Join an organisation dedicated to improving lives of people
  • Volunteer for a local help group or charity

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Key contact name, role & email

Mrs H Klee

Curriculum Leader – Humanities


01282 682300