Campaigners are battling to save the citizenship A level after AQA announced plans to drop it from 2017.
An online petition launched by organisations backing the campaign, including the Citizenship Foundation, the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) and Democratic Life, has received more than 650 signatures.
Supporters have also written to AQA, the only exam board to offer A level citizenship, asking it to reconsider its decision.
The letter was signed by former education secretary and ACT honorary president David Blunkett, Citizenship Foundation president Lord Phillips of Sudbury, and 16 leading academics and politicians.
It states: “As a subject that combines academic knowledge and understanding with practical action, citizenship studies makes an excellent contribution to the development of generic employability skills and preparation for higher education.”
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