Introduction to course
Citizenship is an exciting course to take for GCSE. It’s not just about sitting in classrooms but getting out and about. Students will be involved in community activities which they plan and organise. Students will plan a campaign for an issue that they choose and really care about. The course builds on all sorts of things they have done before in English, geography and history.
To investigate current issues, students need to know how the world works. The course will help them to understand how an individual can change things, so it explores how we make laws, our place within the economy, what pressure groups do, and how we all relate to the rest of the world. The media are also important because they influence how we think – so we need to work out what their messages really mean. There is also a focus on communities, how we all live together, and our similarities and differences. The aim is to help students to understand and play a part in the world locally, nationally and internationally.
Citizenship encourages students to understand their role within a diverse society and to play a constructive role as a citizen of our democracy.