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GCSE 2018 results: Fifteen percent increase in GCSE Citizenship Studies amid growing concerns about narrowing of the curriculum

Exam results out today (23 August) show a 15% increase in the number of students who took the full course GCSE in Citizenship Studies this year. ACT congratulates teachers and pupils on their hard work, particularly in this first year of the reformed examinations. 

This is the first significant increase since the Department for Education scrapped short course GCSEs in Citizenship and changed school performance tables. While this is good news for the subject, the number of pupils taking the qualification remains below 1% of the total cohort.

Students celebrate and teachers speak proudly about their 2016 GCSE Citizenship Studies success

Congratulations to the 24,000 students who achieved their GCSEs in Citizenship Studies today (25 August 2016), and to their teachers of course.

A total of 18,720 candidates took full course Citizenship Studies and 5059 took the short course this summer, compared with 21,628 and 11,564 in 2015. Citizenship Studies as a proportion of the total number of GCSEs sat has seen just a small decline.

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.

Minister announces content of reformed GSCEs in Citizenship Studies

The DFE Minister for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP, has published the revised content for GCSE Citizenship Studies today (12 February 2015).

The new content will be used by the three awarding organisations AQA, Edexcel and OCR as they prepare new GCSE specifications for first teaching in 2016. GCSE Citizenship Studies is one of the subjects that can count towards the new progress 8 performance table measure.

Help us improve revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies

ACT council met last weekend to discuss the consultation proposals from the DFE and Ofqual for revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies. We have agreed to run a survey seeking your feedback to help guide how ACT should respond.

Now we need your help in three specific ways.

Ofqual and DfE launch GCSE Citizenship consultations-it is vital that you take part

On Wednesday September 25th 2014 both the DfE and Ofqual launched their consultations on proposed GCSE reforms for examinations to be taught from 2016. The consultations include proposals for revisions to GCSEs in Citizenship Studies.

AQA Job Vacancy: Lead Assessment Writer for A-level Citizenship Studies

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Lead Assessment Writer for A-level Citizenship Studies (CIST3)

Reviser for A-level Citizenship Studies (CIST1, CIST2, CIST3, CIST4)

We have two roles to support this qualification.

Lead Assessment Writer

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