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St Mary's Catholic High School

Citizenship Studies

Vision Statement

We aim to facilitate the development of global citizens equipped to evaluate, assess and make independent and just decisions.  We want student to think critically about their place in British society and the world as well as giving them an understanding of many of the issues which will impact upon their lives currently and after they have left the school.


To motivate and educate students to become thoughtful and active citizens who engage intelligently and enthusiastically with public life. Students will gain knowledge of democracy, government and law, and develop the ability to create sustained, well balanced arguments. They will plan and carry out practical citizenship action that delivers benefits for society.

They'll also gain the ability to recognise bias, critically evaluate argument, weigh up evidence, and look for alternative interpretations and sources of evidence. Higher education and employers value all of these essential skills.

Curriculum Overview

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Citizenship Studies has been designed to enable learners to understand and appreciate key citizenship issues at home, in school and as young citizens in their wider community. Our qualification comprises three inter-related components.

  • Citizenship in perspective.
  • Citizenship in action.
  • Our rights, our society, our world.

Each component enables learners to understand what it means to be a citizen in today’s society in a practical way. The subject content is split into four key sections:

Section 1: Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales

Section 2: Democracy and government

Section 3: The UK and the wider world

Section 4: Citizenship Action

Year 10 - Citizenship Studies Curriculum Map

Year 11 - Citizenship Studies Curriculum Map

OCR Citizenship Studies - Specification