Teaching should build on the key stage 3 programme of study to deepen pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should develop their skills to be able to use a range of research strategies, weigh up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate their conclusions. They should experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.
In Key Stage 4 the pupils will learn:
- parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press
- the different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond
- other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom
- local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world
- human rights and international law
- the legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems
- diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding
- the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity
- income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.
Pupils aim to achieve an Edexcel qualification – BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Personal and Social Development. BTEC is unit based, each unit is awarded a number of credits between 1-4. 14 credits are required to achieve a Pass at Level 1.
Key Stage 4 Careers
Pupils aim to achieve an Edexcel qualification – BTEC Level 1 Certificate in WorkSkills.
BTEC is unit based, each unit is awarded a number of credits between 1-4. 14 credits are required to achieve a Pass at Level 1. If all 14 credits are achieved then pupils will gain a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in WorkSkills.
Additionally – At KS4 pupils are very much encouraged to take charge of their learning and pupils are encouraged (pupils’ choice) to complete extensions of units undertaken in class.
Each term, trips are offered to enhance pupils’ knowledge of various aspects of the world of work. Pre Visits to colleges are provide to break down barriers to learning and build confidence in new environments and open up choices to every pupil.
College application forms are started in class and can be completed in class or on house. The careers classroom is open during breaks and after school for pupils to get help and support with any forms that require pupils to complete them.