Perspectives and Citizenship


All elements of Perspectives curriculum (Personal, Social Citizenship, Health, Economic Education) reflect the fact that education is about helping students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, safe and independent lives.

A wide range of subjects are covered in Perspectives: such as:

  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Emotional health and well-being
  • Personal finance
  • Personal safety
  • Sex and relationship education

Citizenship education is about helping young people understand the rights and responsibilities they have as members of society. The programmes of study include topics such as:

  • human rights
  • diversity - national, regional, religious, ethnic
  • voting and democracy
  • parliament-local and national politics
  • media/free press-censorship and the impact of information technology
  • the legal system-legal rights, consumers, employers and employees' right
  • global citizenship-international organizations, world trade, international issues and conflicts
  • British Values

A wide range of teaching methods are used to deliver lessons and active participation in lessons is strongly encouraged.

Work Related Learning

This aspect of the course is essential for enabling you to make informed decisions about your future

  • It will make you aware of the variety of career and training opportunities available (academic and vocational).
  • It will assist you in making a realistic assessment of your own skills and qualities in relation to the demands and expectations of the adult work environment.
  • It will support work related learning which takes place specifically through work experience placements but also the whole KS4 Curriculum.


Key Stage 4

GCSE General Studies

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.

Specification number: 4760

Link to the specification website:

The GCSE General Studies Full Award is taken by students at the end of Year 11 (last examinations in 2016). There are two compulsory papers (unit 1 and unit 2) for this examination. The examinations allow you to achieve GCSE grades A* - G. No matter what your ability, students will study the same material as all other girls and sit the same examination papers.


Accreditation Structure






Unit 1 (47601)


Written Examination (40 marks)

Questions assessing understanding of a pre-release case study on a major contemporary issue

1 hour 15 mins


Unit 2 (47602)


Objective test questions and written paper (85 marks)

Section A: (25%): 30 Objective test questions testing data response/ thinking skills

Section B: (20%): Short and extended-answer responses based on stimulus material

Section C: (30%) Extended-answer responses related to stimulus material

2 hours



If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss M Ferm – Head of Perspectives

  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
  • Ofsted Good