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GCSE Citizenship Studies Amends - Autumn term 2022

10 October 2022

This update includes links to the amended specification and sample assessment materials (SAMS) for GCSE Citizenship studies, to reflect changes to the UK/EU relationship following the UK's department from the EU.

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DfE new content requirements

The DfE (Department for Education) has recently released new content requirements for a range of subjects, including GCSE Citizenship Studies, to reflect the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Please see previous update for information

Pearson Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies specification

The DfE changes have resulted in some minor but important amendments to Pearson's specification and sample assessment material for GCSE Citizenship Studies.

The new specification and a document outlining the changes sample assessment materials can be located, in the links below:


Outline of changes

GCSE Citizenship Studies Sample Assessment Material

In order to prepare you and your students for assessment on these changes, we have additionally provided an update to the sample assessment material(SAMs). 

Access SAMs

Support material for new content

To support you in delivery of the amended specification we have collated some support material. Our senior examining team have produced the following resources below have been developed specifying the key information relating to the content and offering links to external resources to aid in the delivery of this content. 

Content support and useful links

Implications for teaching and assessment

All changes made come in to effect for first teaching in the academic year 2022/2023, and first assessment Summer 2024. We will be publishing guidance about what the changes mean and new support material shortly. 

Please note the 2023 exam series will remain unchanged.

GCSE Citizenship Studies amends network meeting

Wednesday 30th November 2022 (16:00-16:45)

This event will explain the changes made to the GCSE Citizenship specification, what these changes mean for teachings and how these changes could be assessed. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.  

Booking will be available on our personal development academy page from Friday 14th October, which you can access by following the link below:

Link to booking page

Changes to A level Politics

To see how these changes have affected the A level Politics course, see their specification amends information:

Link to A level Politics update

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Susan Currey


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Susan Currey

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