Park Vale Academy takes a creative approach to Citizenship, delivering it through a mixture of cross curricular work, dedicated subject time and both subject specific and themed drop down days. There is a strong overlap between Citizenship and our SMSC provision.

Through the study of Citizenship, students develop an understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Students use and apply their knowledge and understanding while developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Students learn about:

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, parliament and the monarch
  • the operation of parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

Drop Down Days

The drop down days will fall under three broad themes and within each of these, students across key stage 3 and key stage 4 will study a range of topics:


  • Designing a country
  • The election process
  • The suffragettes
  • Government for a day

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Human rights
  • Social action
  • Holding a mock trial
  • Community contribution and volunteering

Law and Finance

  • Household budgeting
  • The economy
  • Prison Me No Way
  • Civil Law and Criminal Law

Through the key stage 3 curriculum, students will study:

  • An introduction to Citizenship and what Britishness means
    • The political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom
    • Suffragette movement
    • Parliament and the monarch
    • The roles of political parties
    • Ingredients needed for a fair, civilised and organised society
    • The nature of rules and laws to maintain law and order, creating a safe society
    • The justice system
    • The work of voluntary groups that support today's society
    • Benefits and challenges of living in multicultural Britain today
    • Gang culture

Citizenship at Key stage 4

GCSE Citizenship

At KS4, students have the opportunity to study GCSE Citizenship studies, which aims to give students the skills and knowledge to help them better understand society.  Citizenship students gain an understanding of the areas of law, politics and economics that affect everyday life. 

At Park Vale Academy, we follow the OCR specification, which covers four units:

Unit A341: Rights and Responsibilities - Getting Started as an Active Citizen. 

This unit is assessed through a school-based assignment in which students are required to develop a citizenship campaign designed to influence others to either bring about change or resist unwanted change.  This unit is usually completed during the autumn and spring term of year 10.

Unit A342: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Understanding our Role as Citizens.

Unit A343: Rights and Responsibilities - Extending our Knowledge and Understanding.

Both units are assessed by two one hour examinations taken in the summer of year 11.  Students usually cover the topics of these units during the autumn and summer term of year 10.

Unit A344: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Leading the Way as an Active Citizen.

This unit is assessed by a controlled assessment.  This is a school-based assignment in two parts:

a) Citizenship enquiry based on a selection of source materials in a booklet supplied by the exam board and

b) Practical citizenship action based around gender, race, ethnicity, culture, age or disability. 

For the enquiry, students are required to research the issue provided and respond to one of three viewpoints.  For the practical citizenship action, students must plan, take and submit a written evaluation of their chosen action.  This unit is usually completed during the autumn term of year 11.