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Humanities and Law — A Level Pathway

Social Sciences and Humanities

Course ID: 164264

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.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in Law.
  • Take part in exciting extracirricular activities and embrace college life.
  • Access Higher Education on course completion and boost your career prospects.
  • Choose from a varitey of options and pursue your own interests.

What to expect from the course

You'll study:

History
Government and Politics
English Literature
Swap Options: Criminology, Sociology, Spanish

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.

Government and Politics AS and A Level

Just as is the case with A Level History, Government and Politics is not only a fascinating and thought-provoking subject, but a challenging course that greatly develops the key skills that employers are looking for. In many ways it is the History of tomorrow! Although referencing situations from the past and involving an exploration of concepts, ideologies and philosophies, Government and Politics very much focuses on what is happening in the present. This makes it a lively, relevant and often controversial field of study. It allows for an understanding of where power lies, how it is exercised and how it can be changed/challenged. We will get to grips with Politics on a global, national and local scale, debating the major issues of the day. As with History, it develops skills relating to research, focused and analytical writing, critical thinking and independent study. Students of Politics 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 Law, journalism, business, accountancy/financial management, local/national government, social work, psychology and education.

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

AS Level
Government and Politics of the UK.
This explores topics such as Political Parties, Pressure Groups, the Constitution, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, Devolution, Judiciary and Elections.

A Level
Government and Politics of the US.
This explores topics such as Political Parties, Pressure Groups, the Constitution, President and Cabinet, Congress, Federalism, Judiciary and Elections.

Political Ideas.
This explores topics such as Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Multiculturalism and Environmentalism.

Understandably, this course sits very comfortably with the concepts and content of A Level History and other Social Sciences, as well as English Literature/Language which both require a good degree of contextual understanding..

English Literature A-Level:

English Literature is one of the most vibrant and popular subjects to study at A level. It is highly valued by both Universities and employers as a traditional academic subject of high status. It combines easily with every subject in both Arts and Science areas and develops skills in:

• Logical argument

• Critical thinking

• Research and analysis

• Group work and debate

• Writing

• Presentational skills

• Empathy

The first year of your studies will include:

A1 Year

Poetry: Component 1 (2 hour Exam) 30%
John Keats – Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
Carol Ann Duffy – Mean Time (Picador)
Philip Larkin – The Whitsun Weddings (Faber)
Drama: Component 2 (2 hour Exam) 30%
William Shakespeare – Hamlet (Penguin Classics)
Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)
John Webster – The Duchess of Malfi (Arden)

A2 Year

Poetry and Drama will continue from A1 year.
Unseen Texts: Component 3 (2 hour Exam) 20%
Prose Extract from 1880-1910
Poetry from any era
Coursework (3,500 words): Component 4 (Internal Moderation) 20%
2 x novels: 1 from pre-2000 & one from post-2000.

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.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
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 path including: Barrister, Civil Service, Paralegal, Police Officer, Probation Officer, Prison Officer, Solicitor, Youth Worker Local Government, Politician, Teacher, Media communications and Public Relations, Publisher, Journalism, Political Aide.

Did you know?

The average teacher salary in the UK is £30,077 a year, and can be up to £43,000 a year.

The average Law graduate salary is £23,000 a year.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000
 : enquiry@liv-coll.ac.uk

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 Maths 4, GCSE English 5, GCSE History (if studied) 5.

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 careersadvice@liv-coll.ac.uk or call 0151 252 3607.

Fees

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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