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Social Sciences — A Level Pathway

Social Sciences and Humanities

Course ID: 164263

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.
  • Take part in exciting extracirricular activities and embrace college life.
  • Potential career paths can inlcude Mental Health Nursing, Police Officer, Social Work, Teaching, Counsellor.
  • You'll choose from a varitey of modules and pursue your own passions and interests.

What to expect from the course

You'll study:

Swap Options: English Literature, English Language

Psychology A-Level:

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is an interesting and challenging course that will help you learn about the brain, body and how they influence or are influenced by our behaviours. Psychology will also give you the opportunity to study research and to design your own experiments, amongst other things.

You'll study:

-social influence

-the way in which people influence each other’s behaviours, opinions and attitudes

-memory – the way information is stored and lost, including eye witness testimonies; attachment

-childhood relationships and their consequences; approaches

-an insight into the major psychology theories; bio-psychology

-the role of biology and the brain; psychopathology

-causes and treatments of mental health; research methods

-research studies and the analysis of data

-issues and debates in psychology

-gender development and disorders; schizophrenia; forensic psychology profiling and offender behaviours.

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.

Criminology A-Level:

During this course, you'lll delve into the criminal justice system and will cover a wide range of units including 'Awareness of Crime', 'Criminological Theories', 'Crime Scene to Courtroom' and Crime and Punishment.

This course is the stepping stone to progressing onto the Level 3 Diploma in Criminology, which ideally you would do following the completion of the Certificate. This will then support your progression to higher education degree courses, in particular those that are based on Psychology, Sociology, Criminology or Law.

This qualification also allows you to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

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

Career paths may include: Probation Officer, Mental Health Nursing, Youth and Community Service, Law, Police Officer, Psychologist, Social Research, Social Work, Teaching, Prison Service, Counsellor.

The number of counsellors in the UK has risen by 671% in the past year.

The average salary for counsellors in the UK has risen by 47%, now up to £42,619.

The average salary for a Social Worker in the UK can be up to £37,000.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

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 5, GCSE English 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 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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