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Humanities & Social Science

Welcome to the Humanities & Social Science Department

Our Courses

A Levels:

A Level English Language

A Level English Literature

A Level Geography

A Level History

A Level Psychology

A Level Sociology

Applied BTEC Diploma Criminology 

Applied BETC Diploma Psychology

Higher Education (degree-level):

Access Diploma in Criminal Justice

BA (Hons) Criminology & Social Justice

Our Results

  • In 2020, we achieved a 100% pass rate across all our Humanities & Social Sciences subjects
  • There were no achievement gaps with regard to gender, disadvantaged students, or students with learning difficulties
  • 87% of students had positive destinations, with 74% of students progressing onto higher education (42% to Russell Group universities)

Our Trips and Visits

  • The Deep 
  • Iceland 
  • Tours of Germany/Poland
  • University open days including Manchester, Leeds and the Apprenticeship and Higher Education Fair in Leeds
  • Drama workshops in college (Paines Plough) and external visits (York Opera House and virtual visit to London’s Old Vic)

We also participate in:

  • Realising Opportunities programme hosted by the Sutton Trust 
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Creative writing contests via outside agencies with potential to get into print

Our Student Successes

Fergus Sandham 

A Level student Fergus Sandham achieved A* in English Literature, A* in Psychology and an A in History. Fergus has secured his place at the St. Peters College at the University of Oxford to study Law (BA in Jurisprudence). 

Rachel Kane 

A Level student Rachel Kane achieved an A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A in Chemistry. Rachel has secured a place at the University of Bristol to study Physics. 

Molly Noot

After achieving an A* in English Language and an A in English Literature and History, Molly has gone on to study History with American studies at the University of Manchester.

Caitlin Walters

After securing an A in Mathematics, Computing and English Language, Caitlin is now studying Computer Science at Durham University.

Emily Morbey 

Former School: The Holy Family School

Studied: A Levels in English Language (A*), Biology (A*) and Mathematics (A*)

Destination: Human Sciences degree at the University of Oxford’s Keble College

Emily, who was the joint top-performing A Level student, initially secured a place at the University of Oxford’s prestigious Summer School,  which confirmed her dream to study there. Discovering she had secured a place at Oxford on A Level Results Day, Emily said: “I’m ecstatic, I was convinced I wasn’t going to get in. It will be such an amazing place to study a course that really interests me. It has been a great experience at Selby College – I’m so grateful for the support of my lecturers!”

Noah Modi

Former School:
The Snaith School

Studied: A Levels in English Literature (A*), Psychology (A*), Business Studies (A*)

Destination: Business Management Degree Apprenticeship with Greencore, gaining a degree through a partnership with Nottingham Trent University

Noah, who was joint top-performer with Emily, said: “I would like to thank all my tutors at Selby College for their support. I’m excited to start my Management training with Greencore and to be working in industry; it’s a great opportunity with great prospects.”

Kate Settle 

Former School: Selby High School

Studied: A Levels in Psychology (A*), Biology (A) and Mathematics (A)

Destination: Newcastle University to study Psychology

Kate said: “I’m so happy about my results after all the hard work, I can’t believe it!”

Madeleine Goodare
Former School:
The Holy Family School

Studied: A Levels in Psychology (A) and Sociology (B), and a BTEC in Applied Law (Distinction*)

Destination: University of Liverpool to study Criminology

Madeleine, who is interested in a possible career in Victim Support, said: “I was so relieved to get such great results! The combination of A Levels and a BTEC really worked for me. I was really sad to leave College as I loved my time there, seeing all my friends and favourite lecturers every day!”


Find out more about our Sociology, Psychology & Criminology courses on this presentation by the team.

Find out more about our English, Geography & History courses on this presentation by the team.