British values


Citizenship introduces students to key issues and helps them develop a practical understanding of what it means to be a citizen today. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically and play a positive role in public life. They do this by looking at how a society operates and functions and its underlying values.

Citizenship education aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop the expertise and experience needed to use their rights, understand and put into practise their responsibilities and have an influence on what goes on in their communities, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of adult and working life.

Students also learn the skills of active citizenship through practical opportunities to address issues of concern to them. Students are able to be inquisitive, active citizens who ask questions about the world they live in and have a fundamental understanding of core British values. 


Curriculum information






  • What does it mean to be British? 
  • British values
  • Immigration 
  • Rules and laws
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Human rights
  • Social injustice 
  • Child soldiers
  • Child labour
  • Rights and responsibilities of worship and religious affiliation in Christianity
  • Faith and becoming a good citizen in Christianity
  • Equality in Christianity 
  • Social justice
  • Secularisation
  • Behaving safely and participating responsibly in our digital world
  • Rights and responsibilities of worship and religious affiliation in Sikhism
  • Faith and becoming a good citizen in Sikhism
  • Equality in Sikhism – oneness of humanity
  • 8
  • World of work
  • Careers
  • Skills and Qualities 
  • Job applications
  • Interviews
  • Future choices
  • Lifestyle choices and uses of money
  • Rights and responsibilities of worship and religious affiliation in Islam
  • Faith and becoming a good citizen in Islam
  • Social equality in Islam- Zakat 
  • Moral Decisions
  • Healthy living
  • Support for citizens
  • 9
  • Democracy
  • The influence of politics
  • The role of the Prime Minister
  • Voting
  • UK government
  • Political parties
  • Local council
  •  Pressure groups
  • Social injustice 
  • Crime and punishment
  • Equal marriage
  • Sexual citizenship
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens in sexual and intimate life
  • 10
  • Non-GCSE
  • Drugs and alcohol in society
  • Banking services
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Borrowing and debt
  • Financial risks 
  • Crime and punishment
  • 10
  • GCSE
  • AQA
  • Citizenship
  • Life in Modern Britain
  • Principles and values in British society
  • Identity
  • The media and the free press
  • The UKs role in key international organisations
  • Making a difference in society
  • Politics and Participation
  • Political power in the UK
  • Local and devolved government
  • Where does political power reside?
  • How do others govern themselves?
  • Bringing about political change
  • Taking Citizenship Action
  • Case studies of citizen action
  • Your investigation
  • 11
  • GCSE
  • AQA
  • Citizenship
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Laws in contemporary society
  • Rights and responsibilities within the legal system
  • How laws protect the citizen and deal with criminals
  • Universal human rights
  • Bringing about change in the legal system
  • Revision