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Humanities and Culture — A Level Pathway

Social Sciences and Humanities

Course ID: 164265

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Study in our fantastic facilities and reach your full learning potential.
  • Access support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Join our inclusive, friendly and respectful college learning environment.
  • Choose from a variety of options and pursue your own interests.
  • Take part in extracirricular activities and embrace college life.
  • Possible career paths include, Archaeology, Teaching, Law, Media, Conservation, and many more.
  • You'll choose from a variety of options and pursue your own interests.

What to expect from the course

You'll study:

Swap Options: Art, Spanish, Literature

Geography A-Level:

You'll study six different topics – three focused on Human Geography and three on Physical Geography. These topics include typical geographical units such as Coasts, Cities and Natural Hazards, and less typical units like Changing Places and Global Governance.

Alongside this, you'll complete a coursework piece based on your own interests and also complete fieldwork in various geographical settings.
80% of your grade comes from two end-of-course exams, one on the Physical Geography units and one on the Human units. 20% comes from the coursework.

History AS and A Level

AS and A Level History is not only a fascinating and thought-provoking subject, but a challenging course that greatly develops the key skills that employers are looking for. Indeed, it also remains one of the preferred A Levels that universities look for in applications to a variety of courses because of the emphasis it places upon research, focused and analytical writing, critical thinking and independent study. History A Level is an established stepping-stone to the study of Law at degree level because students of History know how to present a convincing case in both oral and written forms, supported by detailed and convincing evidence. For this reason, it is also useful when applying for roles/courses relating to journalism, business, accountancy/financial management, local/national government and education.

At City of Liverpool College, we follow the linear AQA syllabus for AS Level and A level.

AS Level
Depth Study: Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany - 1918 to 1933
This module examines the fall of democracy in Germany and the rise of Nazism.

Breadth Study: England under the Tudors - 1485 to 1547
This looks at the establishment of the Tudor dynasty under Henry VII, the religious and social turmoil of the Reformation under Henry VIII and the evolving nature of monarchy.

A Level
Depth Study: Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany - 1933 to 1945
This module examines the fall of democracy in Germany and the rise of Nazism.

Breadth Study: England under the Tudors - 1547 to 1603
This looks at the extent to which there was a 'Mid-Tudor Crisis' during the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, the emergence of Elizabeth I as a pioneering female monarch and the pattern of rebellion across the period.

A Level NEA (Coursework)

This is worth 20% of the final A Level grade and is an independently researched/written piece of work. It covers all the A Level History assessment objectives. Any period of History can be explored, as long as it evaluates the level of change and continuity across a (roughly) 100 year period. It is an opportunity to delve more deeply into an issue that interests you, or will serve you well when applying for jobs, apprenticeships or university study! Previous NEA titles have included:

To what extent did individual activists facilitate the development of African-American Civil Rights from 1865 to 1968?
How responsible were the Tsars from 1825 to 1917 for the Russian Revolution?
In the context of the years 1685-1789, how far was the weakness of the individual monarchs the main cause of the French Revolution?
In the context of the period 1920-2016, to what extent was gender inequality still an issue in the US after the ratification of the 19th Amendment?
To what extent was Alfred the Great the most significant figure in the period 849-954 in opposing the Viking raids and conquests of Britain?
To what extent were changes in British attitudes towards women's civil rights 1900-2005 the prerequisite for changes in equality law?

All aspects of the AS and A Level History courses consider the political structure of nations and their social, economic, religious and foreign policies. They offer a valuable insight into the governments and laws of the past, but more importantly, how they have shaped and continue to influence, today's world. Understandably, this course sits very comfortably with the concepts and content of A Level Government and Politics and other Social Sciences, as well as English Literature and Language which both require a good degree of contextual understanding.

Sociology A-Level:

Sociology is a diverse and interesting subject that challenges your perceptions of everyday life. As part of the AQA specification, you'll study the impact of vital social institutions such as the family, the education system and the criminal justice system on individuals and groups. Additionally, you'll examine global sociology and look at the increasingly divisive relationship between the developing world and the developed world.

Sociology deals with society. It is the study of the different forces and influences that shape society as a whole and the people within it. Sociologists apply theory and method to the study of topics such as crime and deviance, family and education, to name but a few.

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Access a career in: Archaeology, Museum work, Teaching, Environmental Studies, Law, Media, Communications and Public Relations, Art History, Librarian, Journalism, Archivist, Housing Officer, Conservation, Urban Regeneration, Social Policy Research.

Did you know?

Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, and the demand of Geographers is predicted to rise by 29% in 2022.

The average Humanities graduate salary is £20,000 a year.

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Entry Requirements

The minimum entry criteria for any student wishing to study A Levels is two Grade 5s and three Grade 4s at GCSE, and you must have GCSE Maths and English at a 4.

However, to study this specific pathway you will need: GCSE English 5, GCSE Maths 4.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for21/22 is 2000.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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