Our A-levels career pathways lead into undergraduate study in business, science, communication or social sciences.

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

What could an A-level career pathway look like? 

Business pathway

Potential career options: Accountancy, business and finance; childhood studies; English; film and media; history; journalism; creative writing and PR; law; media; performing arts and theatre; project management; psychology and occupational therapy; social care; sociology; teaching; tourism and hospitality.

Communication pathway

Potential career options: Accountancy, anthropology, business and finance, criminology, journalism, creative writing, PR, management studies, performing arts and theatre, politics, project management, law (e.g. paralegal, solicitor, legal assistant, barrister)

Science pathway

Potential career options: Anthropology; astronomy, audio equipment technician, chemical technician, electrician; film and video editor; food science technician, food scientist or technologist, forensic science technician, occupational health and safety specialist, physicist, physics teacher, precision instrument repairer.

Social sciences pathway

Potential career options: Business and finance; childhood studies; English; film and media; journalism; creative writing and PR; media; performing arts and theatre; project management; psychology and occupational therapy; social care; sociology; teaching.

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With our A-levels career pathway, you could access a range of exciting careers, including:

  • Marketing manager: help a company create and promote services and products, devising and managing campaigns and evaluating their success.
  • Radiologist: work with x-rays in a medical environment, interpreting x-ray images and deciding on the best course of action to manage the patient's condition.
  • Journalist: research and write news stories, articles and opinion pieces for written or digital publications, or present programmes to be broadcast over TV or radio.
  • Social worker: identify and handle complex situations affecting families and vulnerable individuals, managing your own caseload and helping your clients access support to minimise risk.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

A-level students at Activate Learning benefit from the faculty’s many links with leading universities, such as the University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Winchester and Southampton Solent University.

In autumn each year, second year A-level students take part in UCAS Takeover Week, with workshops run by universities on subjects such as personal statements and student finance. Each college also has a higher education fair, with over 40 university exhibitors on campus.

In addition to university links, employers such as Penningtons Manches, a leading law firm, provide legal masterclasses for A-level students.