3.1 Citizenship skills, processes and methods

Through studying GCSE Citizenship Studies students will:

  • gain the ability to form their own hypotheses, create sustained and reasoned arguments and reach substantiated conclusions about citizenship issues
  • understand the range of methods and approaches that can be used by governments, organisations, groups and individuals to address citizenship issues in society, including practical citizenship actions
  • formulate citizenship enquiries, identifying and sequencing research questions to analyse citizenship ideas, issues and debates
  • select and organise their knowledge and understanding in responses and analysis, when creating and communicating their own arguments, explaining hypotheses, ideas and different viewpoints and perspectives, countering viewpoints they do not support, giving reasons and justifying conclusions drawn
  • present their own and other viewpoints and represent the views of others, in relation to citizenship issues, causes, situations and concepts
  • plan practical citizenship actions aimed at delivering a benefit or change for others in society
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of citizenship actions to assess progress towards the intended aims and impact for the individuals, groups and communities affected
  • show knowledge and understanding of the relationships between the different citizenship aspects studied, using the concepts to make connections, identify and compare similarities and differences in a range of situations from local to global.