"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

- Vince Lombardi

"Vision without action is merely daydreaming. Action without vision is passing the time. But vision with action can change the world."

- Nelson Mandela

Citizenship Department Objectives

“Inspiring inquisitive MINDS to be active and engaged global citizens, EMPOWERED TO make a CHANGE”

Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding in order to take part in society as active and engaged citizens. It empowers students to become informed citizens through active participation in both topical and controversial issues and helps to create a society of politically literate students, who can confidently voice their opinions on the democratic processes in the UK. One way this is achieved is by placing oracy at the heart of the Citizenship curriculum. By incorporating debate, discussion and deliberation, students foster a love of talk which enables them to become confident speakers, critical thinkers and empowered citizens.

At Aylward Academy, we also believe in the importance of building the whole child. This includes providing opportunities for authentic learning experiences. As such, students learn about people; their local, national and global community, democracy, British Values, the role of Parliament, elections, the power of the media, human rights, crime, justice, the law and most importantly how to take action through campaigning. Through this, students not only are able to build transferable skills that will support them in later life, but they are able to have an impact in order to change the world. Through exploring real-life issues and events in Citizenship, learning becomes authentic and relevant at Aylward Academy.

How is citizenship delivered?

In order to build a quality education that is broad and balanced, Citizenship must take a central role. It is still part of the national curriculum and therefore its inclusion in our curriculum ensures students receive a wide learning experience. We, therefore, provide ample opportunity to deliver citizenship concepts through all key stages.

"We can change the world to make it a better place, it is in your hands to change it"

- Nelson Mandela

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students follow an ‘Integrated Humanities’ course, which covers History, Geography, Citizenship and Religious Studies. The topics covered are:

  • The Crusades - from a religious and historical perspective
  • Living the British Life
  • Earthquakes & Tsunamis
  • Tudor England
  • Rivers and Coasts
  • Crime & Punishment

The citizenship elements covered in 'Living the British Life' project are;

  • What is my Identity and how is it shaped?
  • What are British Values and why are they important?
  • Why is the UK so diverse?
  • How have communities developed?
  • How can we promote community cohesion?
  • What are human rights and why are they important?

All students in Year 8 are given the opportunity to study citizenship at GCSE.


Year 9

In year 9 students build the core knowledge and skills in a foundation year in preparation for GCSE Citizenship. During this year students are able to develop an understanding of the wider enquiry questions linking to citizenship themes such as

  • Is Brexit a mistake?
  • Who is to blame for crime in the UK?
  • Can young people change the world?

Key Stage 4

At GCSE we follow the Edexcel Citizenship specification. This covers a broad range of the following five core themes:

  1. Theme A: Living together in the UK
  2. Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK.
  3. Theme C: Law and justice.
  4. Theme D: Power and influence
  5. Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

Throughout the GCSE, students explore a range of issues that are current and relevant to the GCSE specification. They are also given an opportunity to work in small groups on a campaign project linking to Theme E. Students often develop campaigns on a range of issues and engage people in a position of power to make a change.

“We do not come here to fear the future. We came here to shape it.”

- Barak Obama

Examples of students campaign 2017-2018

Justice For Grenfell Campaign 2018

What is the Citizenship exam like?

Over the last 5 years Citizenship students have performed extremely well. There are two externally examined papers both weighing 50% and each lasting for 1 hour 45 minutes. There are a range of questions in each exam paper, ranging from 1 mark to 15 marks.

Special Features

  • Wider Curriculum - Debate Club
  • Trips - Parliament


Books: Edexcel GCSE Citizenship: Student Book - Collins Citizenship Today


“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

- Plato

Key Stage 5

The natural progression from Citizenship from KS4 to KS5 is A Level Politics .

At A Level we follow the Edexcel Politics specification. Politics is the study of the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority. Politics is everywhere and everything is political. With the rise of Trump and Brexit, it has never been a more interesting time to study politics. Through discussion, debate and deliberation, you will get to explore a range of issues from UK and US politics.

Unit Guide

In the new, linear programme you will study the following:

Component 1: UK Politics (9PLO/01)

(2 hour exam)

84 marks - 33.3% of overall A-level


Section A: Political participation

  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour & the media

Component 2: UK Government (9PLO/02)

(2 hour exam)

84 marks - 33.3% of overall A-level


Section A: UK Government

  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • PM and executive
  • Relationships between the branches Section

Component 3: Comparative Ideas (9PLO/3A)

(2 hour exam)

84 marks - 33.3% of overall A-level



  • The Constitution and Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court and Civil Rights
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Comparative Theory


Section A:

  • Answer 1 30 mark question with source (choice of two)
  • Answer 1 30 mark question without source (choice of two)

Section B: Core political ideas

Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism

  • Answer 1 24 mark question (choice of two)


Section A:

  • Answer 1 30 mark question with source (choice of two)
  • Answer 1 30 mark question without source (choice of two)

Section B: Non-core political ideas


  • Answer 1 24 mark question (choice of two)


Section A:

  • Answer 1 12 mark question (choice of two)

Section B:

  • Answer 1 compulsory 12 mark question

Section C:

  • Answer 2 30 mark questions (choice of three)

Why Choose Politics?

What might the subject lead to...

This subject could lead to higher education and is useful for degrees in History, Law, Economics, Politics, Social Studies and International Relations. Therefore ideal for anyone considering work in Law, Education, Journalism or Public Relations.

Special Features

You will visit the Houses of Parliament during the first year, giving you a fascinating insight into what happens inside one of the most important buildings in the world.

Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.