June 2023 Citizenship Studies subject update | Pearson qualifications

June 2023 Citizenship Studies subject update

12 June 2023

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Citizenship Studies June 2023 subject update!

Hello colleagues,

I hope that you had a restful half term and that you're enjoying your final school summer term!  The exams for GCSE Citizenship Studies have now all been completed by students and we hope the exam season ran smoothly in your centre!

I wanted to take the opportunity to share some useful resources including a new edition of Citizenship in the News, links to newly published resources and key dates for accessing our assessment materials.  

As always, if you have any questions about anything within this update or about our Citizenship Studies qualification, please do get in touch with me at TeachingCitizenship@pearson.com

Best wishes, 
 
Susan Currey
Citizenship Studies Subject Advisor 

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Humanities skills and careers posters

At Pearson, we're committed to inspiring learners to study a humanities subject.

Download our posters to display around your school, allowing learners to unlock the valuable skills studying a humanities subject can give them.  We have included a range of posters highlighting different career options connected to studying humanities subjects such as Citizenship Studies.  

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Citizenship in the News: Edition 4

Citizenship in the news edition 4

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Our 'Citizenship in the News' resource aims to stimulate discussion for GCSE Citizenship Studies by considering contemporary issues and their relevance to our lives. We have compiled a range of recent news articles* and linked these to the key questions, explored in themes A-D of the specification.

You may wish to investigate and integrate into your teaching practice to help contextualise key issues and bring the subject to life!​

*(Any views and opinions expressed through materials linked to this document are solely those of the external provider. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Pearson. Please be aware that the link provided may contain third party video content, which may contain adverts.)

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Pearson Edexcel A level Politics

Have you thought about teaching our A level Politics qualification?  

Our A level Politics course is a fantastic next step following our GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification.  It explores in further depth many of the themes considered within GCSE Citizenship Studies!

Our A level in Politics has never been so popular! We expect total entries to exceed 22,000 in summer 2023. We’re market leaders – nearly three-quarters of Politics students take the course with us.

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Why study Politics?

From surveying students last year, they follow current affairs closely, find the content engaging and finish the course with a deepened interest in politics generally. A level Politics fits well with their other A level subject choices and develops skills to help them both at university and in their careers.

As part of the course, students study UK government and politics, political ideas, and either US or Global politics.

We have lots of support to get you started with Politics.
Sign up to one of our new to Edexcel events to find out more, or get in touch with our Politics subject advisor, Mark Battye at teachinggovernmentandpolitics@pearson.com

Find out more about the course here:

View our Politics webpage 

Read our A level Politics guide

Summer 2023 Assessment Materials: Release Dates

Below is a list of the key dates where our 2023 assessment materials will be available.  You will need your Edexcel Online login to access these materials for a period of 12 months following the exam series.

Question papers

GCSEs

International GCSEs

AS/A levels

Tuesday 4th July 2023
Mark Schemes

GCSEs

International GCSEs

AS/A levels

Tuesday 18th July 2023

Level 3

Examiner reports

AS/A levels Tuesday 22nd August

Level 2

Examiner reports

GCSEs

International GCSEs

Tuesday 29th August
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'Exams spelled out' videos

#examsspelledout is a series of short videos that help to explain the assessment process and shine a light on what goes on behind the scenes to make exams happen and ensure that students get their results.

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#examsspelledout 

These videos address questions asked by students about the process of exams and include questions such as:

  • Who writes my exam paper?’
  • How do you make sure papers are clear and easy to understand?
  • What do you do to make exam papers more diverse and ensure different kinds of students are represented?
  • Where does my exam paper go when it leaves my school?

Videos

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I have included three examples of videos here but the link to the full playlist can be accessed below:

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NEW: Revised Citizenship Today textbook

Collins publishers have released their revised fourth edition of their 'Citizenship Today' book which has been updated to reflect the DfE’s new content requirements for GCSE Citizenship Studies, including the UK’s departure from the European Union.

This edition includes up-to-date data linked to our Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship specification. It is designed to help students become active and engaged citizens, with thought-provoking case studies included throughout.

The Citizenship Today Student’s Book is accompanied by a Teacher’s File that provides detailed lesson plans, worksheets and assessment-preparation resources to support non-specialist teachers.

Updated information

The revised edition of Citizenship Today has been updated to reflect our amended specification. The main changes are in the sections on the EU; explaining and distinguishing clearly between the European Union and the Council of Europe. It also explores, the implications for the UK in areas such as fishing, migration, trade and travel.

Throughout the book, the latest available data has been included to reflect the census of 2021. This features predominantly in sections on the UK population, on migration and electoral change.

Link to Citizenship Today webpage

NEW: ZigZag GCSE Citizenship Studies resources

ZigZag have produced some new materials for our Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification.  They have constructed practice exam papers in the style of Edexcel question types alongside concise student-friendly mark schemes.

* Our endorsement policy does not include assessment materials so these resources have not been endorsed by Pearson Edexcel in line with our endorsed materials policy.  

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Citizenship

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