In year 10 the students cover two main themes which are; Life in Modern Britain and Rights and Responsibilities. Life in Modern Britain, students cover the principles and values of British society, Identity, the Media and Free Press and UK’s role in key international organisations. This theme covers all aspect of what it takes to become an active, informed and participating citizen within society with a focus on what it means to be “British”. The students’ attention then turns towards the rights and responsibilities people have within Britain and how the criminal and justice system works. The students will start to understand the processes of a legal case, human rights and how citizens can play a part in bringing about change in the legal system.
In year 11 the students cover two more themes which are Politics and Participation and Taking Citizenship Action. Politics and Participation focuses on where political power resides in the UK and how it is controlled. With a heavy focus on the democracy and rights British people have and how people are held accountable for their actions and to make’s sure the government and other institutions are held accountable. This will aid the students understanding of our society and how institutions play a part in the governance of our country. While, this will lead to students understanding how ordinary citizens can participate in the governance of our country, with the aim of debating where the power really resides? Is it with the Citizen, Parliament or government? Through this theme the students can debate and unpick what makes our country great which Is democracy, liberty and rule of law. The final theme the students cover is Taking Citizenship Action which is an investigation to address a citizenship issue or question of concern and aimed at delivering a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society. This aims to give the students the opportunity to apply what they have learnt throughout the course and allow the students to experience ‘real life’ citizenship.