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Social Science Pathway AS Level at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Do you enjoy exploring human behaviour and the environment? Interested in helping others? This career path will give you a fascinating insight into the human mind and behaviour and how research is used to enhance many aspects of human life.

Course content

You will study Psychology with A Level subjects from: 

Communication and Culture, English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology 

Within this pathway you will learn the practical and professional skills required when working in a social science sector role.

This pathway will prepare you for work within the industry and on completion of the programme, you can explore a career within criminal justice, social work, social care or youth and community work, as examples.

You may also wish to progress into a career within the police force, teaching, community work, research and academia or health and welfare.

Please note: content is subject to accreditation, specifications are currently in draft form.

Entry requirements

To join one of our A Level Pathways, you will need to meet two requirements: 

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*- C including GCSE English Language (to also include Maths and Double Award Science to study A Level Psychology)
  • An overall qualification score of a minimum of 20 points based on the following calculations:
  • GCSE: A/A* = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D= 2, E = 1
    BTEC Level 2 Diploma: Distinction = 20, Merit = 16, Pass = 12.
    BTEC Level 2 Certificate: Distinction = 10, Merit = 8, Pass = 6.


All A Level assessment is by written examination.

Future opportunities

A career after studying social science can be extremely rewarding and there are many charitable organisation that offer overseas work opportunities including VSO who are funded by the British Government. 

Once qualified, careers within the social science sector vary according to what field you are interested in, for example:

  • Psychologists
  • Market Researchers
  • Sociologists
  • Anthropologists
  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Social Care Workers
  • Mental Health Practitioners


You can choose between many occupations in this field and you may wish to specialise in particular areas if choosing to study at university.

Psychologists may work as coaches to other people including business, sport and education. They can also work in clinical settings to support people with a range of psychological problems.

Sociologists often combine academic work with their own research as part of a multidisciplinary team in a range of fields.

You may also choose between social work and social care; social work involves assessing the needs of service users and planning individual packages of care and support, whereas social care provides practical support to help people maintain their independence and lead full lives.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Milton Keynes College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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