What is Law?
Law is current and relevant – it’s about what’s happening in the world around you NOW.
In your first year, you will consider criminal law (including crimes against people and property) and civil law (including how an injured person can claim compensation and how a contract is formed). The course also investigates the court system and some of the people who work in it.
In your second year, you’ll study the criminal law in greater depth, investigating offences such as murder and fraud, and defences including self-defence and insanity. There is also a philosophical angle, as you’ll consider how law is linked to morality and ideas of 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
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 lots of different ways: through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve you working individually and small and medium-sized groups, in which you will 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 important legal resources. Through this approach you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with further studies in the future and in any chosen career.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework: Year 1 – 0%; Year 2 – 0%
This is an exciting time: the syllabus is now changing so Law will become a linear subject, with A-level exams at the end of the two year period. It is expected that there will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
An A-level in 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, Business Studies 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.
Some students have acquired legal apprenticeships - going directly into the workplace to learn how to become a legal professional "on the job".
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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