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Don't deprive young people of A level citizenship, it's important for everyone's future

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The only A level in citizenship was dropped by exam body AQA in May 2015. Yet it is by no means the least popular subject and is needed more than ever.

The need for stronger citizenship education and qualification opportunities in the UK has never been greater. This is obvious from young people's disaffection for formal politics, the dramatic potential shifts in the landscape of British democracy, our relationship with Europe, and -significantly - new requirements for schools and colleges to prevent extremism and to engage their students with British values such as democracy and the rule of law.

Citizenship studies combines academic knowledge and understanding with practical action. It makes an excellent contribution to the development of generic employability skills and preparation for higher education.

It carries full UCAS points and is widely accepted for university entrance, cited - by Cambridge University and the LSE, for example - as a good subject choice for students preparing for a range of arts, political and social science degree courses.

Citizenship is on the reformed National Curriculum and exam bodies are busy rewriting the GCSE. It is essential that interested students have the opportunity to progress to AS and A level, and not least because such opportunities are to be in place for all other National Curriculum subjects.

The decision to drop this qualification was baffling. AQA was the only awarding body to offer AS and A level citizenship studies: dropping it has damaged their reputation as the awarding body and educational charity to have done most to champion a wide range of qualifications for citizenship education.

A group of organisations wrote to AQA and this petition was launched to support it. The letter was signed by David Blunkett MP and by respected professionals from higher education.

We didn't win the argument. AQA dropped the A level so Ofqual removed it from the subjects it offers for qualification. From 2018, there will be no A level in citizenship studies.

But now the A level figures have been released. The results show that A level citizenship studies is far from being the subject with the smallest intake: 2914 students took either the A or AS level in 2014. By comparison, A Level archaeology had fewer than half that - 1238 entries - and yet no-one is proposing to drop it.

Ofqual will consider reinstating citizenship A level if an exam board wants to offer it. So, we have revived this petition and hope to increase the level of support to change some minds.

Please help us convince the exam boards to provide an A level in this important subject. 

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