This subject update was originally published on 5 July 2023. We've now added links to the updated specification (version 1.4) and sample assessment materials for GCSE Citizenship Studies J270, see below.
Following the publication of the Department for Education's new content requirements for GCSE Citizenship Studies (J270), we have reviewed our specification.
To reflect the UK's departure from the European Union (EU), we are making the following changes to our GCSE Citizenship Studies specification:
Following the repeal of the fixed-term parliaments act, learners will now learn that the UK is a representative democracy with a sovereign parliament, not a fixed-term parliament.
The closed party list system used in European Union elections will be removed from the list of electoral systems used within the UK.
Learners will no longer be required to:
The European Union has been removed from the list of international organisations of which the UK is a member.
Learners will now be asked to:
You can view and download the updated specification (version 1.4) and the sample assessment materials from the GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification page on our website, and from Teach Cambridge.
The specification content changes will be first assessed in the June 2025 series.
For students being assessed in June 2024, the mark scheme will allow responses in relation to the UK's new and/or previous relationship with the European Union where applicable.
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