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GCSE Citizenship Studies

GCSE Citizenship Studies

Level 2

Qualification: GCSE

Duration: 1 year

This course is delivered at our Sixth Form Centre at Winterhill School


What will I study?

This course is available both to those who haven’t studied GCSE Citizenship before, as well as those who want to improve their grade. This is an exciting course, which focuses primarily on how UK citizens can make a difference in the world around them. In addition to covering a wide range of content relating to UK politics, law and society, the course includes a practical group project, where students design, implement and evaluate a citizenship action in the local community. The course covers three main themes:

Theme 1- Life in Modern Britain: investigating the dynamics of modern society, Britain’s role on the world stage, the role of the media, and what it means to be British.
Theme 2 – Rights and Responsibilities: examines rights and responsibilities, the nature of UK laws, and the international treaties, laws and agreements by which the UK abides.
Theme 3 – Politics and Participation: focuses on the political process, in order to empower students to bring about change and resolve key issues in society.

GCSE Citizenship Studies is excellent preparation for a range of A Level courses, particularly Law, Sociology, Politics, and History.


Study Visits

To be confirmed






The exam board is AQA. There are 2 80-mark exams, both of which last 1 hour 45 minutes, and make up 50% of the overall grade:

Paper 1: Active Citizenship and Politics and Participation
Paper 2: Life in modern Britain and Rights and Responsibilities

The exams include a mixture of multiple choice, short-answer, source, and extended-answer questions.


Entry Criteria

Standard TRC Level 2 entry requirements


Useful Supporting Courses

The course complements any of the other Level 2 courses offered at TRC.



The course helps students to develop skills and knowledge which could be used in a variety of careers, including journalism, the civil service, law, heritage, and teaching.