Law

Jenna Taylor
Jenna Taylor

WHAT IS LAW?

Law is the most important thing in our lives as it governs what we can and can’t do. It is a set of rules and principles that must be followed by all.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Law is ever changing and continues to develop on a day to day basis. This makes A-level Law a very exciting subject to study! We will teach you current legal principles so you understand how and why people have been found guilty in today’s courts. As well as developing an excellent knowledge of the Law you will also gain many enviable skills, but in particular, the ability to form and articulate opinion, analyse source materials and be able to explain legal principle through case law.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM LAW?

As with all A-levels, you must be dedicated to be successful. You should expect a fast pace and lessons that cover both legal principle and practical case law. You must also be prepared to engage with the skills of the exam as it is vital that you have the ability to apply your legal knowledge to factual scenarios.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

The Law course is assessed through examinations at the end of the first and second year.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

The study of A-level Law is suitable for a person who has an interest in legal matters. If you like keeping up to date with current affairs and have an interest in current crimes in society then Law is for you! On an academic level, Law is examined through extended writing only so an enthusiasm for essay writing and good English skills is a must. If you are keen for your legal knowledge and opinion to be transferred to the page then this A-level will be perfect for you.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN LAW?

A-level Law puts you in an excellent position to start your journey in becoming a Solicitor or a Barrister. However, the skills you will learn during the course are highly regarded by many employers so it is a good base for many career choices! The range of careers is vast but some examples include working for the Police, the Home Office and other Governmental institutions including European Institutions, the Immigration Service and the Armed Forces. It could even help you become a journalist or teacher!

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

In your first year you will study the foundations of the English Legal System. You will learn about the police powers to stop and search, arrest and detain a citizen, how bail is granted and the different sentences a Judge can impose. You will also study where law comes from and how it is made including Acts of Parliament and common law.

The focus of your second year is Criminal Law. You will learn the legal principles of many serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter, GBH and burglary! Real life cases will be used to support your understanding of the crimes and how a person is found guilty.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

The Law, Business and ICT Honours Pathway is designed to give students a head start in an ever increasingly competitive legal and commercial world! You will research an area of Law in order to provide free advice in the form of a Law Clinic. This will be done through a professional website as designed by students, developing and enhancing your ICT skills. Clients will ask you for advice and their problems must be solved in a professional and accurate manner! You are then ready to sell your business but need to create the perfect pitch first. This will be an excellent opportunity to hone your key skills that are needed for university and beyond, whether that will be on a Law, Business or ICT pathway. In addition to this, the Law department offers a wide range of enrichment activities such as the opportunity to compete at the nationally recognised ‘Bar Mock Trial’, held at Manchester Crown Court. This is an excellent opportunity to work and think like a barrister as the case is presented in front of a real judge!

Other enrichment activities include ‘The Law Society’ which will develop your research, debating and communication skills whilst allowing you to gain an insight into the legal profession. There are trips to the Crown Court as well as Law Careers Evenings which allow you to network with local solicitors and partners.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.