Citizenship is the study of what is expected of you as a member living in your country and local area. The word citizen literally means being an inhabitant of a city but the subject mostly focusses on being an inhabitant in modern Britain, particularly in understanding the fundamental values our laws, politics and customs are built around.
The study of citizenship begins in year 7 and continues until year 11. It comprises of a range of topics, centred around four key themes: politics and democracy, active citizenship, law and justice and finally understanding personal finance. Ultimately citizenship seeks to ‘prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges of life and work’. Pupils gain a range of skills by studying citizenship including argument and debate, research and analysis and project management. Citizenship provides pupils with a range of valuable skills which open a broad spectrum of professional opportunities, such as a political researcher, the police or a solicitor.
Citizenship leads into further study in government & politics and law.