Students across the country celebrate achieving A level Citizenship Studies
The A level results published today (18 August 2016) remind us of the importance of the A level Citizenship Studies qualification, which more than 2000 students have achieved today. The qualification offered by AQA since 1998 provides important progression from the National Curriculum for Citizenship to further and higher level study and is recognised by top universities including Cambridge and the LSE.
At present the government has no plans to reform the qualification meaning that after 2018 the A level in Citizenship Studies could disappear altogether. ACT and Democratic Life partners have been lobbying to keep A level Citizenship Studies since the announcement by AQA in 2015 that they had no plans to redevelop the qualification. The campaign to Keep A Level Citizenship received the support of high profile politicians including Lord Blunkett of Brightside as well as many students, teachers and university academics such as Matt Flinders, Founder of the Crick Centre for Understanding Politics at University of Sheffield and Chair of the Political Studies Association, and Professor Jon Tonge, former Chair of the government's Youth Citizenship Commission.
The results show A level Citizenship Studies is far from being the smallest entry subject with 2032 students (490 A level and 1542 AS level) achieving the qualification today. By comparison A Level Archaeology, with just 990 entries (369 A Level and 621 AS Level), is to continue.
The Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship has written to the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening asking her to initiate a reform of A level Citizenship Studies and retain the qualification.
The full course GCSE Citizenship has shown positive growth over the past few years and we expect to see this continue when the results are published next week.
Current qualifications in Citizenship Studies at A level and GCSE also require students to undertake active citizenship which is seen as key to Character education and the promotion of the DFE's British Values.
Students shouldn’t be denied the opportunity to continue to study the subject of Citizenship at a higher level, which is respected as a good qualification subject for those preparing for political and social science degrees at University and is valued by employers.