AWE Club – Law, Politics and Government Information

Law, Politics and Government
(general knowledge)
Key stage 3 and 4 / GCSE course
Pearson Edexcel (9-1)
Teacher – Julia

AWE Club - Online Citizenship GCSE

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 2 – 3 year course
Age 12+


Course Description

The Law, Politics and Government course is a two/three year course online via Zoom. It is an interesting course that is useful to all students who may choose to take the course just for fun and general knowledge if they are interested in the subject even if they do not intend to take the examinations. Those who decide to sit the exams will need to attend the extra 30 minutes class in year two or three to complete their Citizenship Action.

Although this course is 100% examination based, the exam centres must provide written confirmation on the appropriate form that students have carried out their own in-depth investigation and citizenship action. In order to do this they may require sight of the work undertaken by each student. Please be sure to check with your local exam centre that they understand this. Julia can explain it to them if needed.

The course covers the following interesting mix of Law, Politics and Government:

A: Living together in the UK

  • How communities have developed in the UK
  • Identity
  • Democracy and human rights

B: Democracy at work in the UK

  • Who runs the country
  • How Parliament works
  • How power is shared between Westminster and devolved administrations
  • How the government manages public money

C: Law and justice

  • What law is for and how it affects us
  • How the justice system works
  • Crime

D: Power and influence

  • What power and influence citizens have
  • The role and influence of the media
  • The UK’s power and influence in the wider world

Citizenship Action for GCSE Exam

EXTRA CLASS will be provided as required
This separate extra lesson is just for those needing to complete the Citizenship Action in preparation for exams. Students intending to proceed to a GCSE must also complete the following in year two or three (subject to students’ requirement and numbers):

Classes will cover each aspect of the citizenship action project, giving the guidance and advice.

Please note: Students will need to make arrangements to hold the necessary meetings online to progress the citizenship action in their own time outside class time (this may be done remotely). Parents must supervise these sessions as the tutor will not be present.

E: Taking citizenship action

Students will have to complete an in-depth investigation and citizenship action which will includes:

  • Identifying an issue, forming a team and carrying out initial research
  • Undertaking primary research
  • Representing their own and different points of view
  • Planning the action
  • Delivering the activity
  • Evaluation

The citizenship action addresses a particular issue or concern identified by the students, taking students out of the classroom and allowing them to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the course under the guidance of a tutor. Students gain valuable life skills including:

  • Research, both primary and secondary Interpretation of evidence
  • Planning – requires organisation, the setting of goals and timescales
  • Collaboration and negotiation
  • Advocacy
  • Evaluation
  • Problem solving

The course textbook is as follows:
Collins Citizenship Today – Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Student’s Book 4th edition

Exams. Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies

There are two examinations:

Paper 1 (Paper Code 1CSO/01)
1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
Sections A-C – Themes A – C as referred to above.
Section D – Extended response questions in respect of A-C.

Paper 2 (Paper code 1CSO/02)
1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
Section A – Relates to the students’ own citizenship actions.
Section B – Requires students to comment on others’ actions and relate to theme D as referred to above.
Section C – the focus is on Theme D, but will also link to themes A-C above.

Specification:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Citizenship%20Studies/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/specification-gcse-l1-l2-in-citizenship.pdf

DisclaimerImportant Information

Examinations are optional and remain the responsibility of parents to book at the appropriate time. Please note that deadlines for entering examinations may vary from centre to centre. It is the responsibility of parents to comply with examination centre and examination board requirements. If you require any SEN special access arrangements you will need to contact the examination centre as soon as possible to make arrangements as it may take many months to sort out.

Although this course is 100% examination based, the examination centre must provide written confirmation, on the appropriate form, that students have carried out their own in-depth investigation and citizenship action. The citizenship action is a compulsory part of the course and students will not be able to take the GCSE if they have not completed this part of the course. Please note that this is not moderated in any way. The examination centre chosen by the student may require sight of the work undertaken by each student.

AWE Home Ed Club is an approved learning partner of T&E (Tutors and Exams). They accept external candidates for this exam and if you are studying with AWE you get discounted exam entry fee.

If parents wish to use a different centre, they should seek confirmation that the centre will comply with the examination board’s requirements with regard to the citizenship action.

Lessons are not recorded due to copyright.

Examinations are optional and remain the responsibility of parents to book at the appropriate time.

Please note that deadlines for entering examinations may vary from centre to centre. It is the responsibility of parents to comply with examination centre and examination board requirements.

Although this course is 100% examination based, the examination centre must provide written confirmation, on the appropriate form (there are deadlines for submission of this form), that students have carried out their own in-depth investigation and citizenship action. Please be sure to check with your local exam centre that they understand this. Julia can explain it to them if needed.  Julia is not able to contact the examination board direct as this is a step that must be completed by the examination centre.

The citizenship action is a compulsory part of the course and students will not be able to take the GCSE if they have not completed this part of the course. Please note that this is not moderated in any way. The examination centre chosen by the student may require sight of the work undertaken by each student. Students are responsible for retaining their work.

If you require any SEN special access arrangements, you will need to contact the examination centre as soon as possible to make arrangements as it may take many months to sort out.

AWE Home Ed Club is an approved learning partner of T&E (Tutors and Exams). They accept external candidates for this exam and if you are studying with AWE you get discounted exam entry fee.

If parents wish to use a different exam centre, they should seek confirmation that the centre will comply with the examination board’s requirements with regard to the citizenship action.

Lessons are not recorded due to copyright.