Social Sciences Pathway - MK College

A Level: Social Sciences Pathway

(Psychology A Level & Sociology A Level)


Do you wonder why people act the way they do or how societies work? Our Social Sciences Pathway is here to unravel these mysteries and make sense of the complex world we live in. If you have a natural curiosity about human behaviour and societal dynamics, studying A Levels in the Social Sciences is a great way to explore these fascinating subjects!

One of the best parts about working in the Social Sciences is the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Social scientists often tackle important issues like inequality, poverty, discrimination, and social injustice, with the goal of improving the lives of individuals and communities. By pursuing a career in this field, you can become an advocate for change and contribute to social progress.

What will I do?

On this Pathway you will study three A Level subjects for two years. The Social Sciences Pathway includes Psychology A Level and Sociology A Level. The third choice is yours from the additional subjects list.

On the Psychology course you will explore the scientific approach to understanding the human mind and human behaviour. You’ll learn the different psychological approaches and understand the complex workings of the brain in a variety of topics, including attachment, memory, gender, and mental disorders.

Sociology will teach you how to evaluate and interpret complex social phenomena, where you will gain critical thinking, analysis, and research skills. This will provide you with valuable perspectives on how society functions and the factors that shape human behaviour. The course will focus on socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, power, and stratification (the way in which different groups of people are placed within society).

What’s next?

After completing your A Level studies, there are loads of exciting paths you can take. Many students decide to continue their education by pursuing a degree, Foundation Degree, or HND/HNC at university. Alternatively, you could consider applying for an Advanced, Higher, or Degree Apprenticeship, where you have the fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn. Another option is to dive right into the working world, gaining valuable training in a field that interests you.

You could specialise with a degree in Psychology, and become a psychologist and conduct research, provide therapy or counselling, or even specialise in areas like clinical, forensic, organisational, or educational psychology. It’s a truly rewarding path where you can make a huge impact on people’s lives.

If Sociology is more your thing, you could pursue a degree in sociology or applied social sciences. Or you could branch out into related fields such as anthropology, social work, criminology, human resources, media and journalism or consumer research. It’s incredibly fulfilling work.

Or, if you decide to go beyond psychology and sociology, these courses can open up endless possibilities with the knowledge and skills you will learn on this pathway.

Is it for me?

Social Sciences are a fascinating category of academic disciplines that are all about studying human society and the relationships we have within it.

You’ll develop critical thinking abilities, become a pro at data analysis, learn research methodologies, improve your communication skills, and even become more empathetic.

Studying these subjects gives you many versatile and transferable skills, giving you a great start to your future career, whichever path you choose!

Entry Requirements

5 x 5s including a minimum 5 in English Language, minimum 5 in maths and at least one grade 5 in a science subject.


Are you curious about why we think, behave, and feel the way we do? Well, Psychology might just be the ideal A Level for you! It’s all about scientifically understanding the human mind and behaviour.

On this course, we’ll give you an introduction to the different approaches in psychology: from cognitive and biological, to behavioral and evolutionary psychology. You’ll get the chance to explore fascinating concepts, theories, research studies, research methods, and ethical issues.

Psychology complements a range of other subjects, such as sociology, biology, anthropology, or even business. So, whether you’re thinking about a future career in psychology or simply want to delve deeper into understanding the mysterious workings of the human mind, this course is just what you need.

Topics Include

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

How it’s assessed

This is a two-year qualification assessed by 100% written exams.


Sociology explores the social world, including human behaviour, societies, cultures, and social structures. If you’re interested in understanding how society works and what influences people’s behaviour, Sociology is the perfect subject for you!

On this A Level Pathway, we focus on developing critical thinking, analysis, and research skills. You’ll learn how to evaluate and interpret complex social phenomena and even challenge social issues and inequalities.

And if you want to continue your studies or dive into work right after, this is a great place to start. A Sociology A Level can provide a solid foundation for many career options, including social work, counselling, criminology, political science, education, or even journalism and marketing.

Topics Include

  • Education
  • Research Methods
  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Global Development

How it’s assessed

This is a two-year qualification assessed by 100% written exams.


In addition to the two A Levels outlined; you will choose one additional subject from the following A Level subjects.

Please note you will apply for the A Level Pathway now, selecting your first two subjects and choose your third subject at a later date.

english a level

Study a combination of literature and language to analyse how language is used in both literary and non-literary works. You’ll engage creatively, critically, analytically and independently with a wide range of texts.

math a level

Gain a solid foundation in mathematical principles and concepts that are not only relevant to further studies in the field of mathematics but also applicable to various scientific and technical disciplines.

Entry Requirement: Minimum 7 in Maths and Minimum 5 in English Language.

Business A Level

Discover the fundamentals of business. From strategic success, leadership, operational, human resources, marketing and financial performance. Learning about business in a variety of contexts, from SMEs to transnational organisations.

Law A Level

Explore all things law, legal issues, the English legal system, and both private and public areas of substantive law. Learn critical thinking and craft reasoned arguments using legal rules in hypothetical situations.

Course Information

  1. Social Sciences Pathway



    16 Sep 2024


    Bletchley Campus

    • FEES

    • 16 – 18

      Fully Funded

    • 19 – 23

      Fully Funded

    • 24+

      Fully Funded

    • Overseas

      Fully Funded

For more information on Fees & Funding for students 19+ please contact our admissions team.

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