Overview

Studying Law gives students an understanding of the role of Law in today’s society and raises their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.  Students on this course will learn how to study, analyse, apply and evaluate legal issues, rules and principles and construct clear arguments whilst considering differing perspectives.  By learning about legal rules and how they apply to real life, students will also develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

What goes well with this course?

Law combines well with a wide range of subjects including:

  • Business
  • History
  • Economics
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Modern Languages

Progression

Many students go on to study Law at university or use the knowledge and skills they have developed on the course to secure employment in the Police or Government & Civil Service.  Law apprenticeships also offer many opportunities or positions such as Legal Executive or Legal Secretary.

Course Content

This course will focus on developing students’ knowledge and understanding of the English Legal system and areas of private and public law within the law of England & Wales.  The course includes the following main topics:

  • Nature of Law and the English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort
  • Human Rights

Students will learn about different sources of Law and the role Law plays in society as well as exploring law and morality, law and justice and the rule of law.  The modules on the English Legal System will look in depth at law making, the role of Parliament and the European Union in designing legislation and passing reforms.  Students will gain an understanding of the Legal system including the civil courts, criminal courts, the judiciary and other forms of dispute resolution as well as investigating legal personnel roles and exploring access to justice and funding.  

The Criminal Law section will focus on the rules and theory of criminal law, liability, different types of offences such as robbery, assault, manslaughter etc and their defences.  

The Tort section will explore the rules and theory of civil wrongs such as breach of duty, negligence, liability for injury or economic loss and consider the possible defences and remedies.  

Finally the Human Rights topic will cover theories in human rights and will explore human rights in the aftermath of the Second World War as well as international aspects such as the UN and the EU.  Students will examine specific articles of the major conventions on human rights as well as considering their restrictions and enforcement.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Law students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences.  In the past, these have included:

  • A talk by a local Solicitor
  • A mock trial within the College Law Society
  • An EU debate
  • Trips to local courts

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

Assessment is via 100% examination, at the end of the course. There are three papers each with a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Internal assessment will be carried out throughout the year. 

The exam board for Law A Level is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 5 in English Language

Students without a Grade 5 in English Language should consider the BTEC Level 3 course in Law. 

Students will do well in Law if they have a passion for learning about current affairs and relate this knowledge to course content.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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