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GCSE: Citizenship

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils sat a GCSE in citizenship studies in each of the last five years; (276839)

(2) how many pupils sat GCSEs in both citizenship studies and history in each year since 1997.

The information required is given in the table. The GCSE short course in citizenship has only been available for the past five years.

Number of pupils attempting history and citizenship in 2003/04 to 2007/08

GCSE short course in citizenship

Both full GCSE history and GCSE short course in citizenship

2004

24,415

8,365

2005

36,207

11,947

2006

51,296

17,323

2007

67,295

21,739

2008

84,588

26,384

Notes:

1. Figures in 2003/04 relate to 15-year-olds (age at start of academic year, ie 31 August) in all schools.

2. Figures for 2005 onwards relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.