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A specialist pathway for those interested in studying human culture, the role of individuals in society and the study of society and the manner in which people behave and influence the world around us.

What will I study?

You will be encouraged to choose four A-level subjects from the lists below:

Facilitating subjects:

  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish

Traditional subjects:

  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Language and Literature
  • Government and Politics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

Facilitating subjects are recognised by leading
universities as academically challenging, whilst
traditional subjects develop students’ critical thinking
and analytical skills.

Mathematics and Sciences may also be an option
alongside two traditional subjects. Students are usually
advised to take no more than one modern language as
part of this pathway.

If you are planning to study Anthropology or Sociology at university, it would be advisable to take Sociology at
A-level even though it is not on the facilitating subject list. If considering a degree in Law: it is acceptable,
although not necessary, to study A-level Law alongside facilitating subjects.


If you are thinking about pursuing a degree in Psychology, please also see the Medicine, Science and Technology Pathway.