PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) has in various forms been part of the National Curriculum for schools in UK since 2000. Some aspects, but not all, have been compulsory. PSHCE education is defined by the schools inspectorate Ofsted as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.

PSHCE topics

Topics covered within PSHCE are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and well-being, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:

  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
  • Personal health
  • Bullying
  • Citizenship, democracy and human rights
  • Careers and the world of work
  • Personal finance
  • Family and relationships
  • Sex education

Useful Links


BBC Bitesize – PSHE KS3

BBC Bitesize – PSHE GCSE

BBC Bitesize – Citizenship KS3

BBC Bitesize – Citizenship GCSE