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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Citizenship Year 10

Citizenship Studies GCSE – Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

"Citizenship 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.  Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy.  They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action.  They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens." 


The Citizenship GCSE builds upon the foundation of the stage 3 programme of study to deepen students' understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Students will develop their skills to be able to use a range of research strategies, weigh up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate their conclusions. They will experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.

The programme of study will cover:

Content overview


Theme A: Living together in the UK

How have communities developed in the UK?

What is identity?

What are democratic values and where do they come from?

How does local democracy work?

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Who runs the country?

How does Parliament work?

How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations?

How does government manage public money?

Theme C: Law and justice

What is the law for and how does it affect us?

How does the justice system work?

Is crime increasing in society?

Theme D: Power and influence

What power and influence can citizens have?

What role and influence should the media have?

Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world?

Theme E: Taking citizenship action

Students will use and apply their citizenship knowledge, understanding and skills to take action to try and make a difference, create a benefit or change in society. Students will carry out an investigation leading to citizenship action and will develop the following skills:

  • research and enquiry
  • interpretation of evidence
  • planning
  • collaboration
  • problem-solving
  • advocacy and campaigning
  • evaluation.