Year 9 Curriculum - Citizenship

SYLLABUS: OCR Citizenship

The Citizenship option should particularly be given serious consideration next year for any student keen on pursuing a career in teaching, charity work, community-based care roles, government and policy making, the emergency services, journalism/the media, medical professions, management/human resources, or a legal profession. It builds on the ‘taster’ unit on community cohesion and the legal system students studied in their Autumn Term Religious Studies lessons.


Taking this course will enable candidates to:

  • Develop their understanding of today’s key issues locally, nationally and globally.
  • Develop a greater understanding of many of the stories they may see/hear/encounter in the news and in today’s society.
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion.
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm as a member of the community and relate it to the wider world.
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.



The syllabus we follow in Citizenship Studies is OCR J270. This involves three exams at the end of Year 11 which explore the role of the individual from a local, national and wider world perspective. The Year 9 syllabus aims to give students a “taster” of some of the topics included in the Citizenship GCSE, including:

  • Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Democracy, Government and Politics.
  • Government and Politics beyond the UK.
  • Different world organisations- UN, NATO etc.
  • The Media.
  • The Law and the Legal System.

This is an increasingly popular course and we currently have seven classes in Year 9, in addition to another seven GCSE classes studying it at Key Stage 4.

Assessments will take place in class for the duration of the year.


Enquiries to: Mr S Browne – Subject Leader for Citizenship