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Citizenship at St James's

Citizenship and PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) are 2 separate subjects although there is sometimes overlap in the content. Pupils will have either one Citizenship or one PSHEE lesson a week. Citizenship Studies is also an option at GCSE.

Below is further information about Citizenship.

Please refer to the PSHEE Subject Overview for further information on PSHEE at St. James’s.

The Citizenship Programme at St James’s will help our pupils in a variety of ways:

  • To develop a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a modern democracy, with a focus on active citizenship.
  • To deal with difficult moral questions that arise in their lives and in society by helping them to develop an appreciation of right and wrong, justice, fairness, rights and obligations in society.
  • To deal with social questions that arise in their lives and in society through helping them to acquire the understanding and skills needed to become responsible and effective members of society.
  • To foster an awareness and understanding of the meaning and purpose in life of differing values in society and in so doing enhance their spiritual development.
  • To understand the nature and role of the different groups and cultures to which they belong and to promote respect for diversity and difference.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to live confident, safe, healthy, enjoyable, successful and independent lives, as individuals and members of society.
  • To develop their use of a range of skills and qualities including advocacy.

Curriculum Features

There are 4 key Citizenship themes:

Please click on the Learning Journey below to see what you will study in the Citizenship (and PSHEE) curriculums.

Citizenship (and PSHEE) Learning Journey Y7-10
Citizenship (and PSHEE) Learning Journey Y11

KS3 Citizenship

Please click on the KS3 Citizenship Topic Overviews below to see each topic in more detail.

Year 7 Citizenship Topic Overview
Year 8 Citizenship Topic Overview
Year 9 Citizenship Topic Overview

KS4 Citizenship (non-GCSE)

Please click on the KS4 Citizenship Topic Overviews below to see each topic in more detail.

Year 10 Citizenship Topic Overview
Year 11 Citizenship Topic Overview

GCSE Citizenship Studies

In GCSE Citizenship pupils learn about:

  • Principles and values that underpin British society; Identity; Role of the media and the free press; UK’s role in key international organisations; How citizens make their voice heard and make a difference in society.
  • Laws a society requires and why; Citizens’ rights and responsibilities within the legal system; Development of the law over time; How the law protects citizens and deals with criminals; Universal human rights; How citizens play a part in bringing about change in the legal system.
  • Where political power resides in the UK and how it is controlled; Powers of local and devolved government; How others govern themselves; How citizens try to bring about political change.


  • Paper 1: Section A – Active Citizenship; Section B – Politics and Participation (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Paper 2: Section A – Life in Modern Britain; Section B – Rights and Responsibilities (1 hour 45 minutes)

Examination entry and course specification:

  • AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies: 8100


Please click on the GCSE Citizenship Studies overview below for more information.

GCSE Citizenship Studies overview

Active Citizenship

Active Citizenship not only plays a big part in the GCSE Citizenship Studies programme of study, but is also something the whole school is involved in. For example, pupils have the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • ‘Make your Mark’ campaign
  • Elections for the next Bolton Youth MPs
  • UK Parliament Week
  • ACTive Citizenship Award
  • Debate Club

What makes a good Citizenship Student?


  • TTLP