PDC - Citizenship & PSHE


Ms Timothy - Acting Head of PDC
Mr Madigan


PDC at Key Stages 3 and 4 and composes of two distinct subjects: Citizenship and PSHE

Curriculum Intent

The Personal Development Curriculum at Barking Abbey exposes all students to the most important ideas, issues and legalities that will affect them during their lives. It provides pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. It develops awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Citizenship also equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It prepares pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens. PSHE enables pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and member of society. It develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking. Like Citizenship, PSHE enables them to keep healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in Modern Britain.

Curriculum Content

Students sit a GCSE in Citizenship in Year 11;

Syllabus/Exam Board – Edexcel

100% examination:

  • Paper 1: Theme A, B and C – 80 marks, 1hr 45 mins, 50% of the GCSE
  • Paper 2: Theme D and E – 80 marks, 1hr 45 mins, 50% of the GCSE
  • Recommended GCSE textbook: Collins Citizenship Today - Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Student's Book
  • Recommended GCSE revision guide: Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies Revision Guide & Workbook
Curriculum Impact


Students would have acquired knowledge and understanding of how the UK is governed through its political system and how they can actively participate in its democratic system of government. They should understand the role of law and the justice system which supports it, in addition to understanding how these laws are made and enforced. Students should have developed an interest in participating in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity that they can transfer into adulthood. They can now think critically and debate political questions to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis and plan for the future.



Students should be equipped with skills that they need to manage their lives now and in the future. They should be able to make choices on how to live a healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible, and balanced life. Their transitions in life should be more effective and they should be able to reflect on their own values and attitudes as well as empathising and understanding conflicting values and opinions. Students should have a boost in confidence, resilience, and self-esteem alongside managing their emotions and communicating constructively. As a result, they will have the ability to work with others and maintain good relationships now and in the future.


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