A Level Citizenship Course


Program Description

The concept of citizenship suggests an individual that is fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and who will play a co-operative, active and fulfilling role within the society in which they live. Citizens are expected to obey the laws and customs of where they live and to participate in civic society, either at the basic level of voting in elections or by more significant levels of civic and political involvement.

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  1. Communicate different views, ideas and perspectives
  2. Select, analyse and evaluate information in order to construct reasoned and coherent arguments
  3. Plan, make decisions, and advocate on citizenship issues
  4. Work with others, make decisions, propose alternative solutions and form conclusions
  • Qualification: A Level Citizenship
  • Accredited: Yes
  • QCF Recognised: Yes
  • Awarding Body: AQA
  • Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
  • Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support
  • UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades


Unit 1: CIST1 Identity, Rights and Responsibilities

  • What is a Citizen?
  • What does it mean to be British?
  • Are we all equal citizens?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • How are my rights protected and supported?

Unit 2: CIST2 Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation

  • Who can make a difference?
  • How can I make a difference?
  • Active citizenship skills and participation

Unit 3: CIST3 Power and Justice

  • What is a crime?
  • What is Justice?
  • Who speaks on our behalf?
  • How is the UK governed?

Unit 4: CIST4 Global Issues and Making a Difference

  • Universal human rights
  • Global issues
  • Making a difference


  • Minimum of GCSE grade C or above.

Students are recommended to possess the ability to read and write English to GCSE standards, Mathematics knowledge also to GCSE level and be over 16 years of age.


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


Students are able to select how they wish to study.

  • Paper-based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond directly with your tutor via email.


  • Online: Access our premium online cloud-based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you!
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