- The History course covers two key periods in Britain and the USA. We study the development of the USA from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the height of the Cold War in 1975, analysing how the USA developed into a world superpower. We also look in depth at Britain from the years 1906 – 1957 during a period of two world wars and a move to provide welfare to the worst off in society.
Government and Politics - Understanding power, people and ideas. Politics affects every aspect of our lives and is constantly changing and evolving. Studying Government and Politics gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the role Politics plays in relation to current local, national, and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas such as conservatism, socialism, liberalism, feminism and nationalism.
Applied Law - Applied Law is an exciting course that aims to provide you with a coherent introduction to study of the legal sector. The programme enables you to investigate aspects of criminal law and the legal system, learn how legal disputes are solved and how to apply the law.
- In Philosophy, you will encounter the work of some of the greatest thinkers in the western tradition. The Greeks invented western philosophy but the tradition begun with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle has continued uninterrupted up until the present day. You will study aspects of the work of philosophers and develop a critical and evaluative approach to their arguments and then learn how to construct and develop your own responses to them.
We recommend that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. These must include a grade 4 in English Language, Maths and Sciences.
There are many areas of progression related to the different subjects in this pathway -
A Level History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.
Government and Politics can lead to a wide range of careers, whether it be linked to Politics or not. The subject is primed for key civil service jobs, or working with political organisations on a local, national or global level, or in international relations.
Applied Law allows students to develop their employability skills and many Law students progress into a career within the legal sector gaining an apprenticeship in Law or other related fields. Popular careers include Legal Secretary, Legal Executive or Para Legal.
Philosophy students tend to have an inquisitive nature, and are willing to question just about anything and everything. Philosophy is a subject that has a very wide application in future careers. Due to its concentration on thinking about difficult ideas and challenging concepts, you will be able to use these transferable skills in a wide range of progression contexts. Industry sectors where a Philosophy qualification may be considered an advantage are: journalism, law, social services, business, education, IT and The Civil Service.