A-Level Citizenship Studies

A-Level Citizenship Studies

By studying A-Level Citizenship Studies, you will learn about the principles and characteristics of justice systems, democracy, the role of parliament and contemporary issues around global citizenship. By studying this course, you will also be encouraged to take part in a variety of citizenship activities.

A-Level Citizenship Studies

A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level Citizenship Studies is by exam.

Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.

AS-Level Citizenship Studies

  • AQA AS-Level Citizenship Studies

In the first unit, Identity, Rights and Responsibilities you will explore what being British means, prejudice, discrimination and disadvantage, rights and responsibilities. In the second unit, Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation you will learn about concepts and the nature of power, focusing on economic power and the media. You will also learn about government and its impact on its citizens, democracy, the European Union and active citizenship.

A2-Level Citizenship Studies

The A2 Citizenship Studies is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Citizenship Studies. This is not a separate award. The A2-Level Citizenship Studies with the AS-Level Citizenship Studies makes up the A-Level Citizenship Studies.  The A2-Level Citizenship Studies will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Citizenship Studies.

  • AQA A2 Citizenship Studies

In Power and Justice, you will develop knowledge and understanding of crime and its nature, the role of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. You will also learn about trials and who makes legal decisions. You will also explore elections and accountability. You will also learn about how the UK is governed and its relationship to other international organisations. In Global Issues and Making a Difference, you will focus on human rights, the abuse of human rights and other global issues.

A-Level Citizenship Studies Exam Board Information

  • The specification for the AQA AS and A-Level Citizenship Studies is available here.

Career Opportunities

Most people study A-Level Citizenship Studies alongside other courses such as A-Level Philosophy or Sociology. They can then go onto university to study a wide range of courses, such as Philosophy, Sociology, Gender Studies, Politics, and Citizenship Studies. A number of students will also progress to a teaching qualification in Citizenship. Whatever your choice of career, A-Level Citizenship Studies shows that you are able to challenge views and carry out research.

Other Useful Information

  • There is a variety of A-Level Citizenship Studies resources available here.