KS3: The Course
All KS3 students at the Smart Centre study Citizenship for one lesson a week. Lessons aims are to educate students to become clear-thinking and enlightened citizens who give thought to and participate in decisions concerning society. A knowledge of the institutions of the United Kingdom and an awareness that the rule of law applies is an important aspect, as well as developing students’ awareness and understanding of the different elements of our society and the positive role each individual can play in their community.
The core of the Humanities curriculum is to enable pupils to ask and answer questions about the world we live in. Every week there is a key question, based on the current topic, for pupils to discuss answers to. This helps in developing their thinking and listening skills. Each topic of work has a variety of different learning activities to enable all students to develop their knowledge and skills in their preferred learning style.
Talking about ideas and sharing thoughts are actively encouraged along with outdoor and creative learning. Educational visits to places such as the Houses of Parliament, and the Imperial War Museum take place.
The course is based on developing positive, proactive citizens and has a straightforward structure with five topics assessed through two externally examined papers. All students in Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Syllabus.
The assessment is 100% examination consisting of two written papers. There is no controlled assessment.
Typical examination questions
Using source E and your own knowledge explain why the British government might wish to limit immigration.
Argue for or against the following statement: ‘People who don’t look after their own health should be penalised.’
Each exam paper is spilt into 4 sections, Example –Section A; Theme – Living together in the UK, Section B Theme -Democracy at work in the UK. Section C Theme; Law and Justice. Section D; Extended response questions related to the above.
Paper 2: section A: is an assessment of each student’s own citizenship action project worth 24 marks.
Transferrable skills/Career Prospects
Students of GCSE Citizenship will be encouraged to develop a wide range of ‘citizenship’ skills, such as decision making, evaluation, critical enquiry and collaborative working. These are skills which will be useful to them in many other areas of study, as well as in their daily life and their future employment.