Meet The Team

Faculty Leader: Miss L Whitehouse

Deputy Faculty Leader: Miss K Taylor

The Team:


Our Citizenship Curriculum is designed so that you can build knowledge and skills alongside each other while exploring the key Citizenship issues. Students will gain knowledge of democracy, government and law as well as the role Britain plays on the world stage and evaluating the best way to keep British Citizens safe. Students will also consider the different methods of achieving change that have been used throughout History and will consider the most effective way of protesting for change in Britain today.

Why it is important to study Citizenship?

The study of Citizenship enables us to consider the society that we presently live in and the roles different parts of society play. Citizenship aims to help us to become well informed members of our community, both locally and nationally and helps us to consider how we could act to change and improve our communities. Citizenship provides the opportunity for students to work individually to develop their own knowledge and also encourages students to work with others and take part in group activities to bring about a change. Citizenship supports students to develop the ability to create sustained, well balanced arguments. Communication skills are developed throughout this subject as the lessons aim to enhance students’ writing and speaking styles.

What do we study in Citizenship?

Year 7

In year 7, students will begin to be introduced to a number of key Citizenship issues. For example ‘What are Human Rights? In this unit we will look at the importance of Human rights and responsibilities. Throughout this topic students will research case studies of where Human rights have been denied and begin to assess resolutions to these issues across the world. Year 7 will also consider questions about identity, including religious and cultural identity and pupils will question ‘What does it mean to be British?’ Students will also participate in their first unit including active citizenship, where pupils will consider how to improve animal rights causes in Britain.

Year 8

In year 8 pupils will be continue to consider ways of making a change in society in the unit ‘Do actions speak louder than words?’ Students will also build upon their understanding of how government works by considering the differences between democracies and dictatorships. Contemporary issues such as climate change and the role and purpose of the Royal family in Britain today will also be explored in year 8.

Year 9

To begin with in year 9 pupils will begin to consider if all are equal in society. Pupils will look at different groups in society, men, women, the LGBT community and Muslims, and consider how they are treated in modern day Britain. Year 9 will draw together all of their knowledge gained about Britain to consider the different viewpoints to the large Citizenship question, what is Britain’s role on the world stage? As part of their continued active citizenship students will build upon previous knowledge about the role of media in our society. Here we focus on the impact that reality TV has on our society and question if reality TV shows need more regulation. Student will also consider the role of charity in our society. Finally in Year nine pupils will investigate the methods of law enforcement used in Britain as we ask the question ‘How do we keep the county safe?’

Year 10 and 11

Specification: AQA 8100

Life in modern Britain

Life in modern Britain, looks at the make-up and dynamics of contemporary society, what it means to be British, as well as the role of the media and the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) role on the world stage

Rights and responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities, looks at the nature of laws, rights and responsibilities within the UK and has a global aspect due to the nature of international laws, treaties and agreements by which the UK abides.

Politics and participation

Politics and participation, aims to give the student, through an understanding of the political process, the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how to resolve issues, bring about change, and how the empowered citizen is at the heart of our society.

Active Citizenship

This GSCE is all based around how citizens can try to make a difference in society. Students are required to undertake an investigation into a citizenship issue of their own choice. This will involve research and planning and taking action. This provides students with the opportunity to complete some ‘hands on’ citizenship.

Useful Links

Exam website, including specification and some past papers