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KS4 Citizenship

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : GCSE Citizenship Studies (OCR)

What is the qualification?

One full GCSE awarded at grades 9 – 1. There is no foundation paper option.


What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

Citizenship Studies will enable learners to deepen their knowledge of democracy and government, the law, rights and responsibilities and how we live together in society. Students will therefore acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to take responsible citizenship actions, play a positive role in public and democratic life as informed and active citizens, and provide them with the basis for further learning and study.
Unit 1; Our rights, responsibilities and the law
This unit encourages learners to investigate the origins of our rights, the ways in which human rights have been extended and safeguarded, and the difficulties that occur when different rights conflict. Learners have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of rights and responsibilities to explore the nature of laws and rules, and the ways in which the law is administered and enforced.
Unit 2; Citizenship in Action
All learners completing the qualification should participate in action in a real out-of-classroom context. Citizenship Actions should be carefully planned practical activities that address a citizenship issue or question of concern. They should aim to deliver a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society.
Unit 3; Our society and our links with the wider world
This unit encourages learners to explore their own sense of identity and that of other UK citizens in our increasingly complex society. They consider the importance of tolerance and respect for diversity as well as ways to promote greater community cohesion. The Citizenship Department provides extensive support to all GCSE students through revision sessions, study club for students with specific difficulties and support material on the VLE. Extra curricular activities such as a residential visit to Parliament in London are also organised.


All examinations will take place at the end of Year 11.

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

You will need to think critically, evaluate evidence, debate ideas, make persuasive arguments and justify your conclusions. Motivated students who enjoy citizenship, current affairs or debating are likely to thrive in this subject.

What could I use this qualification for?

Citizenship Studies is excellent preparation for A levels in the humanities and the social sciences. If you will be following a more scientific route, citizenship is ideal evidence for universities and future employers of your literacy, analytical skills and understanding of the world around you.