A Level Law
This course offers an exciting exploration of the modern legal system of England and Wales, catering to individuals with a keen interest in current affairs.
In the first year, for Unit 1 we focus on the sources of law, the civil and criminal systems, and the various roles undertaken by legal professions including judges, magistrates, solicitors and barristers. An introduction to the law of tort is also provided in Unit 2.
In the second year, two specific areas of substantive law are examined: human rights and criminal law. The course places a strong emphasis on the practical application of legal principles through scenario-based questions, while fostering analytical skills and the ability to evaluate laws critically.
By completing this course, you will establish a solid foundation in law and gain the necessary academic skills for success. The program prioritises the development of problem-solving abilities, analytical thinking, and critical reasoning, as well as effective oral and written communication skills.
- A minimum of seven GCSE’s grade A*-C
- To include grade B in English Language and grade B in another essay-based subject
- An awareness of news and current affairs is also desirable.
You will have 4.5 hours of contact time in the classroom per week. You will engage in a variety of learning methods such as lectures, dynamic group work, independent research and participation in class debates and discussions.
You will be assessed through exams.
Year 1: Unit 1 (25%), Unit 2 (15%) - 40% of the A Level grade.
Year 2: Unit 3 (25%), Unit 4 (25%) - 60% of the A Level grade.
Law extends beyond those who aspire to enter the legal profession and is valuable for students pursuing related degrees like Government and Politics, International Relations, Criminology and History.
By studying Law, students develop skills which are transferable and highly sought after in various fields beyond the confines of traditional legal careers. Past students have progressed to study Law at prestigious institutions including Oxford and Cambridge, Kings College London, Durham, Bristol, and Warwick.
Guest speakers in recent years have included the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales: Lord Burnett of Maldon, local CID police officers as well as legal professionals from the local community.
Educational trips have included the Supreme Court and UK Parliament in London as well as local courts and the Welsh Parliament.