Humanities, law and social sciences pathway

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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.

Course length

Two years

Required qualifications

At least an average GCSE score of 6.5, with a minimum of grade B in English Language. It would be an advantage to have achieved the English Bac. We will consider the various GCSE subjects you have studied and how they relate to your chosen Humanities degree.

What will I study?

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

Facilitating subjects:

Traditional subjects:

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 theMedicine, Science and Technology Pathway.


You will participate in a range of Honours Programme enrichment activities, including a weekly honours session to help you apply for a highly competitive degree in the Humanities field.

You will also take part in activities specific to this pathway, which may include:

  • the Wad-ham programme: a two year intensive study programme with Wadham College, Oxford University
  • attending regular Liberal Arts lectures on local and global issues
  • joining the Model United Nations and Debating Society to develop awareness of global issues and resolutions
  • the opportunity to join Law mentoring schemes run by universities, including Queen Mary and Oxford University

What will I be able to progress to?

Your tutor will support you in preparation for any university admissions tests you may need. A degree in Humanities or the Social Sciences demonstrates that you have strong communication, critical thinking, evaluative and analytical skills. Most major industries value these skills and pursuing a degree in this area will leave you highly employable. It is also excellent training for a very wide range of careers including the Heritage Industry, Teaching, Media, Marketing, Management, the Civil Service, Academia, Law, Business and much more.

Russell Group universities will only accept students for a Law degree with three A grades at A-level and strong GCSE grades (grade B or higher) in core subjects. Entrance requirements for an LL B Law degree at other leading universities are also very high. You do not have to take a Law degree to become a Solicitor or Barrister, although you will gain exemptions if you do so.