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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.

Curriculum overview

Key Stage 3 (General Studies)

Year 7: 

  • NYCC RE Module 3.1: Does is make sense to believe in God?
  • Relationships 1A: Diversity, prejudice and bullying (including cyber bullying); Managing on- and off-line relationships
  • Living in the wider world 1A: Enterprise skills and introduction to careers and Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations
  • Health and Wellbeing 1: The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances; managing puberty and issues of unwanted contact and FGM
  • Relationships 1B: Self-esteem, romance and friendships; Exploring family life
  • Living in the wider world 1B: Making ethical financial decisions; saving, spending and budgeting our money

Year 8: 

  • NYCC RE Module 3.3: Can anger and suffering be reduced? – Buddhist ideas.
  • Relationships 2A: Tackling racism and religious discrimination; promoting human rights; online safety and digital literacy
  • Living in the wider world 2: Rights and responsibilities in the community; tackling age and disability discrimination
  • NYCC RE Module 3.4: What is good and right?
  • Relationships 2B: Introduction to sexuality and consent; introduction to contraception, including condom and the pill
  • Health and Wellbeing 2: Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image; managing change and loss.

Key Stage 4

Year 9: (GCSE Citizenship Studies)

 (this course started in September 2017 – one lesson per week)

  • Theme A: Living together in the UK
  • Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

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)

  • Theme A: Living together in the UK
  • Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK
  • Theme C: How the law works

Year 11: (final cohort to be entered for the legacy GCSE General Studies specification)

  • Artistic, Cultural and Moving On
  • Scientific and Technological
  • Communities and Beliefs
  • Unit 1 – Pre-release source analysis
  • Exam preparation.

Exam boards:

Year 11 General Studies: AQA. Full specification links can be found here

Year 9 / 10: EDEXCEL. Full specification links can be found here


  • Formative assessment of class work takes place every four lessons, where students have the opportunity to respond to feedback and improve and correct work.
  • Summative assessments take place once per half-term, at the end of each topic.


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.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

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.