January 2024 Citizenship Studies subject update

12 January 2024

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Citizenship Studies January 2024 subject update!

Welcome back!  I hope you had a fantastic break and that the return to school has not been too much of a shock to the system.  We have some important information to share, and resources including new exam question overviews to support your teaching.  We hope you find them useful!

As always, if you have any queries about anything in this subject update or about our qualification, then please do get in touch with me.  

Best wishes, 

Susan Currey

Citizenship Studies Subject Advisor 

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✉ Email: TeachingCitizenship@pearson.com

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New – Important changes to submitting appeals from 2024

How to submit an appeal from 01 January 2024

From 1 January 2024, we are pleased to confirm that there will be a new web form for centres and private candidates to use when they wish to submit an application to appeal or request a review of an administrative decision. Using this web form will help to guide centres and private candidates in the information that needs to be provided in an application to appeal. This will help us to ensure we can process all applications promptly.

The web form will be available on our main Post-results web page and on our Post-results services web page for T levels, and will be operational by 1 January 2024. From that date onwards we will no longer accept appeal applications that are made directly to our appeals email inbox. Appeals submitted to the inbox prior to 01 January 2024 will be processed. We will return any applications to appeal that are sent to our appeals inbox from 01 January 2024 to you with a request to submit them using the web form.

Centres and private candidates must use the web form to submit appeals related to:

  1. the outcome of reviews of marking/moderation (within 30 calendar days of the date of the decision)
  2. the decisions made in relation to student or centre malpractice (within 14 calendar days of the date of the decision)
  3. the decisions made in relation to access arrangements, special consideration, reasonable adjustments (within 14 calendar days of the date of the decision)
  4. the outcome of a preliminary appeal in any of the areas above. An application for an appeal hearing must only be made once a preliminary appeal has been conducted and must be made within 14 calendar days of the date of the preliminary appeal decision.

Centres and private candidates must also use the web form to request the review of an administrative decision in areas such as decisions made in relation to very late arrivals and where we have issued an aegrotat (estimated grade).

Further information on the appeals process can be found in the JCQ Appeals Booklet 2023.

Further information on appeals, including fees, can also be found on our website. Our website will be fully updated by 1 January 2024 to refer centres and private candidates to our webform.

General queries about issues that are not appeals should not be submitted on the appeals webform as we will not be able to process them. If you need help with a matter that is not an appeal, please contact our customer services team for assistance. This will ensure your query can be routed to the appropriate team without delay.


Exam Entries 2024

A reminder that the deadline for submitting entries for GCSE Citizenship Studies is 21st February 2024.  Following this date, late entry fees will apply.  There is only one entry code available for Citizenship Studies which can be seen below:

Entry code

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Exam Question Overviews

We have collated all Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies past questions across years for each section.  These provide an overview of the different questions asked on each section over the qualification cycle so you can see how a topic has been assessed in different ways.  

*You will need your Edexcel Online login to access these as it includes the most recent exam materials.  

Exam question overview

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Citizenship action submission

Citizenship action is a planned course of informed action to address a citizenship issue or question of concern and aimed at delivering a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society.  This is a required part of the GCSE Citizenship Studies course and students are examined on their action as part of Paper 2.  

Each year, centres must certify that candidates have completed their Citizenship Action and submit a form to confirm this.  

This must be submitted by 15th May.  

The links to the Citizenship Action form and the authentification submission are below:

Citizenship Action Form

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Citizenship Action Guidance

For further support around Citizenship Action, we have the following guide available to centres:

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Amnesty International Teaching Resources

Amnesty International have a range of teaching resources that could be of use to teachers of Citizenship Studies and support some of the themes within our GCSE qualification.  

You can access these at the link below:


I hope you found this update useful. 

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions!


Subject advisor

Susan Currey

Citizenship

Phone :
+44 (0) 344 463 2535 (Teaching Services team | Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm GMT)
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