GCSE Social Studies: Citizenship

Full Time

About the course

GCSE Citizenship investigates how all citizens are enabled by society to play a full and active part and how citizens are empowered to affect change within society. 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. As part of your studies, you’ll also get to make a difference to your local community through the ‘Active Citizenship’ unit.

The exam board for GCSE Citizenship is AQA, and you will be assess through 2 externally set exams in the summer term.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at 3/D or above, including GCSE English Language.

Where next?

Citizenship 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 justice, this qualification would suit students wishing to select A-Levels in Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law and History.

Work experience and employability

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.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: constance.roach@newcollege.ac.uk

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