Law

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Fiona Webb

What is Law?

Law is current, relevant and dynamic! It’s about what’s happening in the world around you NOW: Brexit, the Government power versus the power of the courts, murder cases, your rights as a consumer…

As a Law student at Alton College, you will investigate the English legal system – how it works and the people who work in it. You will consider criminal law, looking at crimes against people and property, and how defences such as intoxication and insanity might be used to escape criminal liability. You will understand civil law, including how an injured person can claim compensation and how a contract is formed. There is also a philosophical angle, as you’ll consider how law is linked to ideas such as fault and justice.

Is Law suitable for me?

Here’s what a few of our students say about Law:

“I really enjoy my Law lessons. They are interesting, relevant and help with key skills that you can apply to lots of areas of life. I love learning the criminal offences. It is fascinating!” Katie

“It’s given me a great foundation of knowledge, which I hope to build on at university.” Hannah

“It has fascinating philosophical and political implications, and becomes something you identify in everyday life.” James

Students also say that 1-2-1 sessions are valuable and that Law boosts their self-esteem, giving them more understanding of the news and enabling them to relate to the outside world.

However, the study of Law is challenging. As the course is completely exam-based, you will be required to read about the law and to prepare detailed written assignments. You will need to learn many interesting cases, which are relevant to your studies, and use them to support your legal arguments.

How will I learn?

You will learn in a variety of different ways: through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve working individually and in small and medium-sized groups, enabling you to debate and share ideas. There will also be visits to courts and Parliament and talks from law professionals, plus the opportunity for you to take part in a mock trial and to access an extensive computer package offering lectures, cases and links to legal resources. Through this approach you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with future studies and in any chosen career.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework: Year 1 – 0%; Year 2 – 0%

Exams: 100%

The exams will be at the end of the two-year period. There will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Progression

Law students gain legal skills, such as clear analysis and the ability to write precisely and concisely. As these skills are transferrable, A-level Law is a sound academic qualification for whatever you choose to do. Our students who are studying Law at university say how useful they found their A-level course. Other students have gone on to take degrees in a variety of subjects including Politics, Zoology, Economics and Languages. 

After a law degree, many students intend to become solicitors or barristers, but some plan careers in legal journalism or the Civil Service. Others students have pursued careers in banking, business, marketing and teaching, and several have joined the police.

Former Law students have acquired legal apprenticeships in the local area - going directly into the workplace to learn how to become a legal professional "on the job". Apprenticeship students with a pass grade in A-level Law gain exemption from one of their CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executive) exams. 

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. You will need at least a Grade 4 in English at GCSE.

Law requires good clear writing skills and an ability to think logically and objectively. Most of all we want students who are really enthusiastic and prepared to work hard.

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