Full Time

Social Studies: Citizenship (GCSE)




Level 2

Course Summary

Social Studies investigates how the citizen is enabled by society to play a full and active part and how citizens are empowered to effect change within society. Social Studies understanding develops through the knowledge of how a society operates and functions as well as its underlying values. This course will allow you to understand further how citizens can try to make a difference and will include topics such as: Life in Modern Britain, Rights and Responsibilities and Politics and Participation.

If you are re-sitting some of your GCSEs this year, it is recommended that you select qualifications, which best represent what you would have chosen for Level 3 study. GCSE Social Studies is an excellent course, which has overlap into GCSEs including Sociology, History, Psychology and Media Studies.


Social Studies provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue A-Levels in Humanities subjects. As there is a heavy emphasis upon law, political participation and criminality, this qualification would suit students wishing to select A-Levels in Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law and History.

Entry requirements

Students will require 3 GCSEs at a 3/D or above, including English Language.

*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2020 prospectus. Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.

Course content

The first theme, 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.

The second theme, 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.

The third theme, 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. Furthermore, this theme will allow you develop your understanding of political knowledge such as the ideologies behind contemporary parties.

Please note that you will be expected to complete an independent piece of active citizenship, please speak to the course leader for additional information.

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

Timings and Assessments

For this course you will be assessed through two exams, which are both 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Both exams will be made up with a series of closed questions and longer responses. There is no formal coursework for this course.

You will have 4 hours of teaching per week.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.


For more information about this subject, including work which you may wish to do in preparation, please contact:

Course Leader, Mark Owen: mark.owen@newcollege.ac.uk

Subject Lecturer, David Midwinter: david.midwinter@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

  • Venue: QD
  • Course Code: NC644
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