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Social Science A-Level Pathway





English Literature

English Language





Diploma in Criminology

National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Applied Law

These are just some of the recommended subjects, but other combinations are also available.

Additional Study Skills


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)is a largely self-directed research project into a topic of the student’s choice. You will develop your study skills as you plan, research and develop your idea, creating either a research assignment, a product or an activity (e.g.,an event)as your final piece. The EPQ may also count towards UCAS points.

Core Maths

Core Maths is an exciting course which will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future care and life.

This one-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in the future.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Work experience examples (skills, sector, employers) When looking for work experience/volunteering, possibilities could be with the NHS Trusts, such as Derby and Burton Hospitals, human resources departments with local companies, local charities, schools, local council departments including planning, housing, social services, education, youth support services and the court system.In some areas, especially related to support work, your duties may be restricted due to your age and is often referred to as work shadowing.

Internal and External opportunities:

Psychology Club
Summer Schools,such as the Sutton Trust
University Insight Days

Skills built from studying these subjects:

These are just some examples ….

  • Handling Data and Statistics
  • Analytical Research
  • Problem Solving
  • Written and Verbal Communication (including report writing and presenting)
  • Teamwork
  • Information Technology
  • Critical Thinking

Example Career Pathways

These are just some examples

Medicine and Health Care

Clinical Psychologist
Speech Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Play Therapist
Healthcare Support Worker

Social Care and Welfare

Social Worker
Family Support Worker
Housing Officer
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Arts Therapist
Cognitive BehaviouralTherapist

Science and Research

Data Analyst
Market Researcher
Forensic Psychologist
Housing Policy Officer
Civil Service

Law and Legal

Police Officer
Paralegal Probation Officer
Welfare Rights Officer
Human Resources Officer
Crime Scene Investigator

Next Steps

There are many routes open to you dependant on what you wish to do.The formal education routes are via Higher Education with higher level study after for specialisms. Opportunities are also available via Apprenticeship options.


  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Law
  • Business/Marketing

Specialist University Information

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  • Administrator
  • Customer Service
  • Care Worker
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor

Specialist Apprenticeship Information

How to apply and find out more about college courses: