General Studies/Citizenship Studies at Bedale High School
The study of General Studies/Citizenship Studies at Bedale High School provides our students with the knowledge, skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. The subject helps students to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. The course covers everything from politics and religion to relationships and sex education, and encourages pupils to examine their own views and feelings and to consider those of others.
Key Stage 3 (General Studies)
Key Stage 4
Year 9: (GCSE Citizenship Studies)
(this course started in September 2017 – one lesson per week)
Year 10: (GCSE Citizenship Studies)
(This course started in September 2017 – two lessons per week; students will be studying Themes D and E in 2018-19)
Year 11: (final cohort to be entered for the legacy GCSE General Studies specification)
Year 11 General Studies: AQA. Full specification links can be found here
Year 9 / 10: EDEXCEL. Full specification links can be found here
Homework is set once a fortnight at Key Stage 3 and once a week at Key Stage 4, and is published on ‘Show My Homework, along with any useful web links, power points and video clips. Students in Years 7 and 8 are expected to spend approximately 30 minutes on homework each week, and this increases to between 45-60 minutes at Key Stage 4. The day of the week that homework is set is detailed in the Home-Learning Timetable on the website.
The school has a four days on the calendar which have been identified as ‘Alternative Curriculum Days’ when the normal daily timetable is suspended. Instead, students will have the opportunity to partake in a range of enrichment activities which include out of school visits and working with external provides in school. Over the past year, this has included a ‘post-16 day’ for Year 10 students and the ‘Prison Me – No Way’ staying-safe workshop for our Year 8 students.