Highgrove Education

International GCSE Global Citizenship

Are you interested in understanding the world from a global perspective and making a difference in your community and beyond? An International GCSE in Global Citizenship empowers you to explore key issues affecting societies worldwide. You’ll delve into political systems, economic development, cultural shifts, and technological advancements, understanding how these issues connect and impact our lives. Through projects and real-world actions, you’ll become an active, informed, and responsible citizen, capable of participating in local and global initiatives. This qualification not only broadens your horizons but equips you with the skills to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Join us in becoming a global citizen, one who is aware, respects diversity, and takes action to make the world a better place.

Online GCSE Global Citizenship

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE Global Citizenship
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJune

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including project-based work), 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including project-based work), 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
Politics and Governance
  • Key citizenship ideas and concepts in response to systems of governance, state and sovereignty.
  • The relationship between rights and responsibilities of citizens; the politics of their country; the politics of others.
  • Concepts of participating in democracy; own contribution to democracy and governance.
Economic Development and the Environment
  • Key citizenship ideas and concepts in response to growing economies and the impacts on the environment/shared planet.
  • The relationship between economic growth and its effect on populations, communities and individual citizens.
  • The positives and negatives of economic growth and development and sustainability of positive growth.
Culture and Community
  • Key citizenship ideas and concepts in response to changing cultural identity (individual and global).
  • The relationship between rights and responsibilities of citizens and responses to cultural change/ adaptation.
  • The effects of social and cultural change/development in response to migration, political devolution and other global and community changes.
  • Key citizenship ideas and concepts in response to technology and global development and technological advancements.
  • The relationship between rights and responsibilities of citizens and the use of technology to advance citizenship interaction globally.
  • The use of technology to engage with change (cultural, social, economic and technological).
Community Action Project
  • As part of the Global Citizenship GCSE, pupils undertake a citizenship community action project. This requires research and enquiry, interpretation of evidence, planning, collaboration, problem solving, advocacy, campaigning and evaluation. The investigation and action can be based on any aspect or issue arising from the course content and should be designed to have an impact locally, nationally or globally.

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE Citizenship Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for English

International GCSE

1 Exam
Paper 1Global Citizenship (150 minutes). 100% of the total International GCSE.


Global Citizenship is one of our non-compulsory GCSE subjects. Pupils gaining a 7 or above at Global citizenship will be particularly well placed to take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) during their further studies.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: