Why should I study citizenship?

New to Bridgnorth Endowed School, GCSE Citizenship Studies has the power to motivate and enable young people to become thoughtful, active citizens.

Students gain a deeper knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop skills to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present various viewpoints and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society.

They will also gain the ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate argument, weigh evidence and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence, all of which are essential skills valued by higher education and employers.

What will I study?

  • Life in Modern Britain
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Politics and Participation
  • Active Citizenship

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How is the course structured?

The course involves four units, assessed via two exams.

1. Life in Modern Britain: This unit 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.

2. Rights and Responsibilities: This unit 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.

3. Politics and Participation: This unit 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.

4. Active Citizenship: Students are required to undertake an investigation into a citizenship issue of their own choice which involves research, action and reflection.

How will I be assessed?

You will be asked to apply your knowledge of a wide range of issues to a variety of question types. The two exams will include multiple-choice, short answers, source-based questions and extended answers.

Paper 1

  • Topics covered: Active citizenship and Politics and participation
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Worth 50% of final mark

Paper 2

  • Topics covered: Life in modern Britain and Rights and responsibilities
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Worth 50% of final mark

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose citizenship, you will need to add it as the main choice in the Option 4 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Head of Humanities, Mr Clayton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Founded in 1503, Bridgnorth Endowed School has a rich and long history in education.

Today, it is a vibrant non-selective co-educational secondary school that offers great facilities, high quality teaching and an exciting choice of extra-curricular activities.

The school benefits from a thirty-acre campus and its own on-site leisure centre, with all the convenience of a town centre location.

Bridgnorth Endowed School
Northgate, Bridgnorth
Shropshire, WV16 4ER
Sat Nav Postcode: WV16 4ES

01746 762103

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