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Citizenship – Curriculum Map and Scheme of Work


  • Rationale
  • Curriculum Map
  • Scheme of Work
  • Connective Planning
  • Lesson Plans

Rationale This curriculum map and scheme of work is produced to the specifications of the AQA Citizenship GCSE Course which may be delivered as a full or short course GCSE. Teachers using this Scheme of Work may consider entering pupils for the examination or dip in and out of the scheme as part of the “Lifeskills” curriculum.

Citizenship Curriculum Map

Short Course = Unit 1 + Unit 2                                                                                                    Full course = Short Course + Unit 3 & Unit 4

Unit 1


Theme 1: Community Action and Active Citizenship


Theme 2: Democracy and Identity


Theme 3: Fairness and Justice


Theme 4: Global Issues




Unit 3


Covers the same four themes


But has extra more in depth topics

To increase knowledge and understanding






Unit 2


Advocacy and Representation



Unit 4


Taking Informed and Responsible Action

Theme 1: Community Action and Active Citizenship



Lesson Objectives


Unit 1  Two Lessons

Lesson 1

Introduction to Citizenship

Pressure groups

Know what a pressure group is

Understand how pressure groups can bring about changes

Case study of HACAN Clear sky and examples of the work of pressure groups


Types of action


Direct and indirect action

Lesson 2

Historical example

Know the history of the  women’s suffrage movement

Understand the argument for universal suffrage

The  economic role of women, the changes in society leading to the granting of votes for women

Campaigning Unit 3

What pressure groups do




Different types of action




Different types of pressure groups




Two historical campaigns




Accountability of representatives




How debate/policy are influenced






Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Two lessons & visit

Structure of local government

Know what local government is

Different kinds of LAs, unitary

Lesson 3

Who holds power?

Understand how a local council is elected

authorities, regional bodies etc.


The structure of local authorities

Investigate the work of an LA

The structure of local administration

Lesson 4

How to participate?

Know how local government may be influenced by pressure groups

Case study: HMS


Visit to Civic Centre

Community groups/voluntary groups/charities

Understand the importance of the local authority for the community

Investigate council services, maintained schools – the debate around academies & free schools


Influence of the media


Local papers & the LA

Democracy Unit 3

Trade unions




Industrial action/communities


The Miners’ Strike



The Workplace


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Two lessons

Lesson 5

Rights/responsibilities – of employers/employees

Know the basic rights & responsibilities of the workplace

Look at the legislation around work and employment


Health and safety law

Understand the importance of Health & Safety legislation

Possibly get a visitor from HR

Lesson 6

Consumer rights and the law

Know the basic rights and responsibilities of consumer law

Look at the legislation around consumers


Organizations involved in consumer rights

Understand rights as a consumer

Investigate organizations such as WHICH, look at TV programmes

Unit 3

Local and national economy




Community cohesion and the economy








Theme 2: Democracy and Identity

The Role of Parliament and government


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Two lessons & a visit

Lesson 7

The role of the government, Opposition, Parliament and Cabinet

Know the way government works, including the role of the Cabinet & Opposition



Political parties

Understand the party system


Lesson 8

How Parliament works

Know how Parliament works

Possible visit of MP

Visit the Parliament building

How laws are made

Understand how laws are made


The Role of Parliament and government Unit 3

Devolution, Scotland, Wales & NI




How citizens lives are effected by different forms of government e.g. Communism




Voting Systems


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 One Lesson

Lesson 9

How & where voting systems are used

Know that here are many different voting systems

Investigate the way elections are sent up in the Uk


Compulsory voting

Understand the arguments



Age of voters, the case for 16 years for age of suffrage

For and against proportional representation

Consider if this is a truly democratic system

Voting Systems Unit 3

Ways of participating




Voter apathy




What is identity?


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1/3 Three lessons

Lesson 10

The importance of cultural identity

To know what it means to have a cultural identity

Multiple identities: Black/British, English/Muslim


Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination

To understand the concept of stereotyping

stereotyping, why it occurs and if it is always negative


Importance of tolerance


Is tolerance the same as acceptance?

Lesson 11

What is Britishness?

To know what is meant by Britishness

Compare British with English, nationality with ethnicity


British identity, social, economic and cultural

To understand the social and economic underpinning of cultural identity

Consider what creates a cultural identity

Lesson 12


To know statistics of immigration to and emigration from the Uk

To understand why people move country for economic reasons

Investigate migration (cross cric geog)


Multi culturalism


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 two lessons

Lesson 13

Migration and its effect on communities

To know that migration has an effect on host communities

Understand the tension which an influx of migrants may cause

Consider the effect that immigrants may have on services, schools and employment


Contemporary multicultural issues


Multiculturalism – an evaluation


Shared Values


Are there core values we all share?

Lesson 14

Government action to reduce discrimination

To know the law around discrimination

Equal rights and anti racism legislation

Multi culturalism Unit 3

Equality and diversity




Why some communities are more cohesive than others





Theme 3: Fairness and Justice

Rights & Responsibilities


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Three lessons

Lesson 15

What are rights and responsibilities?

Know what rights and responsibilities are


Done 1.10.12

Understanding rights and responsibilities

Understand how rights and responsibilities are related




Different types of rights – human, legal, political



Lesson 16  done 8.10.12

What are human rights?

Know the basic outline of Human Rights legislation

The Human Rights Act


Rights and responsibilities in school

Understand how rights and responsibility impact on daily life

Home school contracts, the right to education and the responsibility to learn

Lesson 17

Rights of the child




Human rights and law in the UK




Every Child Matters Agenda




Minister for children




Commissioner for Children



Rights & Responsibilities Unit 3

The issue of responsibilities




Human rights and the EU




The role of the international community




Human rights in the Uk




How the UN checks on human rights




Terrorism and civil liberties




UN Declaration of rights of the child





The Law


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Three Lessons

Lesson 18

Should we be free to do what we want?




A fair society




What is the law, common law, civil law and criminal law



Lesson 19

Young people and the law




Laws against discrimination




Youth crime, age of responsibility ASBOs youth courts



Lesson 20

The criminal justice system



The Law Unit 3

People structures in the legal system




Age, race, sex, disability discrimination




The Media


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Two lessons

Mass media, media and influence

To explore the issues of press

Define “press freedom”

Lesson 21  done  5.11.12

Freedom of the press

freedom and reporting

Look at the use of target groups


Media reporting, propaganda

To understand how the media may influence opinion

Analysis language which can be used to influence

Lesson 22   done 12.11.12

Press complaints commission/ Code of Practice



The Media Unit 3

Politicians and the media




Media, public opinion, terrorism, world conflict




Theme 4: Global Issues



Lesson Objectives


Unit 1 Two lessons

Lesson 23

Underlying causes of conflict, conflict handling




Prevention of conflict and crisis management



Lesson 24 1 done 9.11.12

Palestine/Israel, UN role, international reaction


Case study of the Middle East

Conflict Unit 3

Genocide, war crime




Rwanda, genocide, role of UN






Lesson Objectives


Economics Unit 1

One lesson

Globalization, world trade, LEDCs & MEDCs



Lesson 25

Fair trade, ethical trade, debt



Economics Unit 3

Key players, UN, WTO, IMF, G8




World trade issues, free trade




Poverty, hunger, child labour




Aid programmes, inequality, injustice




An in depth study of Fair Trade










Lesson Objectives


Environment Unit 1

Two lessons Lesson 26

Sustainable development and government planning

Know that governments have a duty to work towards sustainable growth



Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21




Balancing demand with the world’s resources

Understand the implications of failing to grasp the challenge of sustainability


Lesson 27

Climate change, wind & wave power, renewable energy




Greenpeace, what it is and what it does


Case study of Greenpeace

Environment Unit 3

Global interdependence




The global oil market, OECD, OPEC, biofuel




Meeting the challenges of globalisation






Lesson Objectives


UK & the World

Unit 1 one lesson

What is the EU & its relation to the UK

To know that the UK is part of global organisations

Investigation into the UN EU & the UK

Lesson 28

What is the UN and what is its relation to the Uk

To understand how this affects UK policies



NATO, WTO, IMF and World Bank in relation to Uk



UK & the World Unit 3

UK & World trade issues




EU vs USA The Banana Case, EU & China




UK & GM food, food safety




Global Citizen


Lesson Objectives


Unit 1

Lesson 29

International pressure groups & NGOs, their right, responsibilities and methods

To know what an NGO is

To understand how NGOs operate

Investigate the concept of NGOs



Campaign against landmines


Case study of the Campaign against landmines

Lesson 30

Participation and volunteering

To know that there are NGOs working on environmental issues

Looking at how to get involved in NGO activity


Correcting climate change

Understand how to access NGOs


Unit 3

Make Poverty History




Goals – outcome MPH




The global village




Being a global citizen




How a pressure group can affect the UN