Citizenship GCSE and Qualifications
Citizenship qualifications give public recognition to pupil attainment and achievement in the subject. Many teachers agree using qualifications help give status to the subject and ensure the achievements of students are recognised and valued by the school, parents and the wider community. ACT regularly provides training and CPD on GCSE Citizenship Studies and you can also request training.
GCSE Citizenship Studies
GCSEs are available from the awarding organisations AQA, Edexcel and OCR. Each GCSE addresses the teaching requirements of the key stage 4 National Curriculum programme of study for citizenship and involves candidates in undertaking an active citizenship project as well as the development of knowledge and understanding. The new GCSE specifications are for first teaching from 2016 and first examination in 2018.
Over the past ten years more than half a milion pupils have achieved a GCSE Citizenship Studies and the qualification contributes to performance in school league tables. GCSE Citizenship Studies counts towards the DFE Progress 8 measure of attainment.
A level and Post 16
Politics, Law and Sociology make suitable A levels for students who wish to continue with Citizenship education post 16.
There are also a range of smaller qualifications available and modules within vocational and other qualifications.
The full range of Citizenship qualifications is listed on the Ofqual register of qualifications and include:
- the CERTA Community Organising certificate for level 2 and 3 and Community Organising Certificate for students aged 14-19
- the ASDAN Cope Award offers recognition for pupil's personal and social development
- the BTEC Public and Uniformed Services offers recognition for those pursuing careers in public and/or uniformed services.
- Pearson Edexcel igcse in Global Citizenship only for use outside of the UK
- The Extended Project (EPQ) is a stand-alone level 3 qualification in which students choose to develop and extend topics from within and beyond their taught subjects. Accrediting active citizenship through the EPQ