Syllabus GCE 2100 (06/2014)
Pearson AQA 2014
(Last Exam: 04/2018)
The Course Programme
Fast Track is a unique programme designed specifically for learners who want to obtain the qualifications in a short space of time; need to improve a current grade; revise to re-sit the AS/A level. Popular with mature students, returning learners, who need to prove academic ability before entry to higher education at University or, even improve employment prospects; all of whom want the flexibility of learning online at their own pace rather than conventional settings.
This Fast Track level three (3) course is based on the AQA Advanced General Certificate Education; that also includes units from the AS level (A-GCE) Specifications for AQA Citizenship, which became available from 2014 examination series.
The Learning programme for the student, offers choice and scope in regards to the wider study of religious belief, philosophy and ethics. The course follows the core aims of the AQA framework.
The concept of the programme is to be able to study at a paced level that allows students to complete the programme in a short space of time, usually 12 months. In doing so, students can plan to sit the most suitable examination series following completion. Students can also use the course to sit either the A level or the AS level and in some cases students may want to sit both!
The College remains at the competitive edge of online and distance learning; and through our excellent track record, provide a quality assured programme of learning our fees are within the range of market trends for similar courses, but remain readily affordable.
Our fee for this course is £ 365:00* which can be paid in full or, through instalments.
(*The course fee excludes ALL external examinations costs).
This course consists of FOUR UNITS (4) from the GCE ‘A’ Level and is a qualification in its own right. Students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the new AQA specification for the A level GCE in AQA Citizenship (Final Examination in 2018).
Oxford Learning College offer the opportunity to study AQA Citizenship courses as specified by AQA. This A level syllabus has several features:
The course will address the relationship between the individual, the law and the state, and the nature of identities at AS level. Then at A2 (A level components), you will study the principles and characteristics of justice systems, the nature of representative democracy, the role of parliament in the UK and contemporary global citizenship issues.
By studying Citizenship, you will be able to develop, use and apply your knowledge developed to:
· Communicate and articulate different views, ideas and perspectives.
· Advocate, negotiate, plan, make decisions and take action on citizenship issues.
· Select, interpret, analyse and evaluate information to construct reasoned and coherent arguments,
· Make decisions, propose alternative solutions and form conclusions.
· Work with others, using problem solving and critical approaches to the issues, problems and
Course Work Component
All students will be required to ‘prove’ that they are and/or becoming “active” citizens in their respective communities. AQA in accordance with Ofsted requires that the students complete “The Active Citizenship Profile”.
To prove participation within society as a whole, students may work as individuals or in groups, and the activity can be linked to local, national or global issues as appropriate. The nature of citizenship is at the heart of contemporary debates about the kind of society we are striving to build. This may include: local community projects, religious observance, online campaigning, and much more – it is important for each student to be ‘pragmatic’ and choose projects or activities that show clearly the importance of being a ‘good citizen.
A key element of citizenship education is developing a student’s skills, confidence and conviction to enable them to take action on citizenship issues in their communities to bring about change. Central to this GCE Citizenship Studies Specification is active citizenship participation, allowing students to participate more effectively as citizens and take an active role in society. This specification builds on previous learning to enable students to move through three stages of citizenship development:
· Becoming: an informed citizen: developing citizenship knowledge.
· Becoming: a participating citizen: developing citizenship skills and the ability to take part.
· Becoming: an active citizen: using knowledge and skills to bring about change
The Subject Criteria for Citizenship Studies require candidates to “participate and take action on citizenship issues in their communities” and state that “an award should not be made without evidence of this participation and action”. By entering students for this qualification, teachers are confirming that candidates have participated and taken action on citizenship issues in their communities.
As part of the assessment for Unit 2: Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation, candidates should bring their completed Active Citizenship Profile into the examination and use this information to analyse and evaluate their own evidence and reflection in response to the questions set. The profile will be assessed as part of learning as students complete the tutor marked assignments (TMAs).
Course Entry Requirements
Good English oral, reading and writing skills, previous study at level two (GCSE, IGCSE etc) or equivalent. Full tutor support is given although, Tutor’s are not able to support beyond specific syllabus queries, learning difficulties and marking/grading of TMA’s. General support is offered by OLC through its online and telephone student services centre.
Approximately: Ninety (90) hours of personal study time, per unit, which is supported by the student’s OLC Tutor, which is an optional arrangement for students, but we greatly encouraged students to access this to achieve a good examination outcome.
This qualification supports progression in our College to other Advanced GCE and other International Higher Awards in many academic subjects (see our level 4 & 5 portfolio of courses online); and also, allow students to move onto Higher Education or similar Institution completing: Foundation Degrees; Degrees Post-graduate and other formal qualifications.
Course Syllabus & Contents
The whole ‘A’ level has FOUR (4) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into FOUR (4) Units of learning, these are:
Unit One – Identity, Rights and Responsibilities
This unit will introduce students into the world of Citizenship, in which the following will be explored: In the study of this first unit, this unit will help you to explore and respond to the following key questions;
· 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?
These empirical questions will be analytically explored through the examination of a variety of case studies including historical events and legal documentation; then honed towards events, situations and caused that go beneath the surface and explore issues like: immigration, refugees, and the wider perceptions of being “British”
Unit Two – Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participation
In this second unit students will be guided to consider: democracy and active citizenship; in doing so, analytically exploring and offering an informed response to the following questions:
· Who holds power in the United Kingdom (UK)?
· Who can make a difference?
· How can I make a difference?
The answers will allow the student to further explore and hone their conceptualised notions of citizenship within the framework of their citizenship in action project. This personalised focus will allow greater clarity and understanding of citizenship, in which students will further develop answers to questions like: can citizens working together bring about change. The work completed in this unit will be a tool for a successful examination outcome.
Unit Three– Power and Justice
In this third unit students will constructively explore power and justice in society, and consider analytically possible responses to the following societal questions:
· What is crime?
· What is justice?
· Who speaks on our behalf?
· How is the UK governed?
The complexity of answers or indeed, paradigms raised will allow the student to further explore and hone their conceptualised notions of citizenship; in which consideration of how the government in the UK manages crime and justice. Exploring further the notion of how the citizen is represented by government. To help the student learn about the complexity of power and justice in society, case studies and other appropriate materials will be considered.
Unit Four - Global Issues and Making a Difference
Having build a comprehensive knowledge about citizenship, and also been able to review at a personal level how our contribution, however large or small has/does impact; we now bring our learning together in a final unit in which we explore the global issues and how we as a society are able/enabled to make a difference. In doing so, we will determine from our own learning the many complexities of what are:
· Universal human rights
· Human rights abuse
· Global issues such as conflict and resolution and trade.
· Environmental issues
· Making a difference
The whole enables students to explore in both an empirical and practical way the concept of citizenship, in doing so, it is perceived that being a “good citizen” will be a focus that will enable and bring about a more cohesive society. Students will use their practical exploration of citizenship alongside the academic evidence in honing a positive outcome in the course examinations.
Although the course programme is ‘self contained’ the student may wish to obtain further materials in regards to learning. The following materials are in the main useful, but not essential to guide learning:-
Andrew Northedge – The Good Study Guide Open University
All of the above can also be obtained in an electronic format
Greater detail of all the course information and resources will be provided after enrolment.
Awarding Body Syllabus
The course does not as standard have any examinations board ‘course work’ element and is therefore, has an end loaded final assessment by a FOUR (4) papers across the four syllabus units of learning, divided into TWO (2) parts – A & B.
To ensure that the four assessment objectives are clearly placed and assessed prior to the final examination, the TMA’s are weighted in accordance with these AO statements below:
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific citizenship issues (problems, events, concepts, ideas, processes and opinions). Relate subject knowledge and understanding to citizenship issues using a range of real and topical examples.
AO2: Analyse issues, problems and events in relation to the citizenship concepts and topics studied. Evaluate information, views, opinions, ideas and arguments and assess their validity
AO3: Select, organise and present relevant information and arguments clearly and logically, using specialist terminology. Construct and advocate reasoned, coherent arguments with conclusions, drawing on evidence of a candidate’s own participation and actions within the study of citizenship
AO4: Synthesise knowledge, ideas and concepts from different areas of the subject in order to generalise, argue a case or propose alternative solutions.
Quality of Written Communication (QWC)
In addition, in GCE A-level specifications which require candidates to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter; organise, information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate. In this Specification, QWC will be assessed in all questions and in all units