Law plays a pivotal role in our society, affecting many aspects of our lives from protecting our human rights and property to enforcing justice.
By studying Law, you will gain an insight into how the legal system works and how laws are made as well as studying aspects of criminal law, tort law and contract law. The subject also allows for debates and discussions surrounding law and morality, law and justice and law and technology.
An A-level in Law will help to develop your ability to analyse and solve problems, communicate arguments clearly and think critically.
When will I start the course and how long will it take?
All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.
What will I study?
During this A level, you will cover the following units:
The Legal System and Criminal Law
- Civil courts and criminal courts
- Solving disputes
- People in the legal system
- Access to justice
- Aspects of the criminal law such as fatal offences, non-fatal offences, property offences and defences.
Law Making and the Law of Tort
- How laws are made by Parliament and other bodies
- How laws are interpreted
- How can law be reformed
- European law
- Aspects of tort law such as negligence, liability of others, defences and remedies.
- Aspects of contract law including formation, terms and remedies
- The nature of law including how law interacts with morality, justice, society and technology.
You will learn to explore and evaluate legal positions, share your opinion and respect the opinion of others.
How is it assessed?
You will be assessed by examinations at the end of your second year.
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above), including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied anything relating to Law at GCSE level.
What are the course fees?
If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.
What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?
There are many degree courses and careers that are complemented by an A level in Law, including the FdA in Criminal Justice at University Centre St Helens.
Many students go on to study Law at university, which can lead to a number of careers such as:
- Chartered Accountant
- University Lecturer
- Business Manager
- Public Relations Officer
Many students have taken part in exciting trips to the Old Bailey, Houses of Parliament as well as local Magistrates' Courts, Crown Courts and conferences.Ref: Nicola Adams