Citizenship Studies is based on how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society, locally, nationally and globally.

Students will learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. Students will explore and learn about different controversial and topical issues with political, social, ethical, economic and environmental dimensions in local to global contexts. They will experience taking citizenship action and learn from trying to make a difference for themselves.

Curriculum Plan

The course content is divided into five themes (assessed in two papers):

A: Living together in the UK
B: Democracy at work in the UK
C: Law and justice
D: Power and influence
E: Taking citizenship action

Assessment information

Paper 1 (50%)

80 marks, 1hr 45

  • Living together in the UK
  • Democracy at work in the UK
  • How the law works

Paper 2 (50%)

80 marks, 1hr 45

  • Power and influence
  • Taking citizenship action


Support material

Students are encouraged to learn the key vocabulary and read newspapers and apply what they have learnt in lessons to “real life” situations.

An excellent way for parents to support students in Citizenship is to talk to them about what they are studying. Discussions at home can help students develop their ideas and consider different points of view.

Exam material and other teaching and learning resources can be accessed by visiting the website below:

Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies (2016)

Here, you’ll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Citizenship Studies from 2016 (first assessment 2018), including our accredited Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies specification and sample assessment materials.

They will also benefit from keeping up with current affairs by reading or watching the news.


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