Level 3, A Level
Duration: Two Year Course
A-Level Law provides an overview of criminal law, contract and tort principles, as well as the legal skills required for progression to a Law degree or to enter employment.
Throughout the course you will learn to develop the ability to memorise large amounts of information including definitions and legal terms, statute and case names, facts and principles.
You will also learn how to write evaluative essays about legal processes, personnel and principles learned. Application of the law through structured problem-solving forms a central aspect of the course.
- The Legal System and Criminal Law
- Law-making and the Law of Tort
- Further Law - the Law of Contract and Legal Concepts.
Throughout this linear A-Level course, you will study the nature of Law in the U.K. and the workings of the English legal system, including the people and processes within it.
You will also study principles of criminal law and will be able to make judgments about which crimes have been committed and which defences might apply.
Principles of tort law will also be explored so that you are able to determine when a person is likely to win a civil case based on analogy with case law.
You will also study principles of contract law and will be able to decide if a legal contract exists and whether a claimant will be successful in suing for breach of contract. The course will involve a high degree of independent study to complement your study in lessons.
How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?
You will be taught using a variety of methods, including: mini lectures, power-point presentations, film clips, online resources, discussions, case studies, individual and group activities. There will also be guest speakers, games and quizzes, as well as trips to Parliament and the local/central courts.
You will be given regular assessments based on past paper questions at the end of every topic, as well as homework and preparation tasks. A-Level Law marks are based entirely on externally assessed exams, so there is no coursework.
Why Should I Choose Seevic College?
- We organise trips to local courts and to the Old Bailey in London, to see the Law in action.
- We have university representatives for Law, as well as local magistrates, practising solicitors and barristers come to visit as guest speakers.
- You will also be encouraged to attend summer school and other Higher Education preparation activities.
- You will be taught how to develop practical legal skills such as mooting in conjunction with a local solicitors’ firm.
- We have specialist A-Level Law tutors with extensive experience in FE teaching.
- We have high levels of student satisfaction with the course and a high proportion choose to continue to the second year and on to Law-related degrees.
What Could I Do Next?
After completing this course you might choose to study Law at university. Many previous students have gone on to a variety of degree programmes, including those at Russell Group Universities.
A-Level Law teaches skills that many potential employers consider attractive, including:
- The ability to memorise large amounts of key information and to apply it by analogy to new situations
- The ability to analyse, deconstruct and evaluate processes and principles
- The ability to debate both sides of an argument in a structured, logical way, citing evidence.
Students with A-Level Law have entered employment in a variety of settings, including: Office Work, Legal Executives, Banking and Insurance (etc.). If you go on to complete further legal training you could enter the legal profession as a Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive, as well as many other related types of employment.
General Entry Requirements
Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.
Specific Entry Requirements
- Grade C/5 or above in GCSE English Language.
- You will need to meet the cost of transport to and from the courts.
- You will also need to meet stationery costs – a dedicated Law folder, to keep notes and hand-outs organised, will be required.
- You will also be required to purchase a textbook to accompany your studies, and this is generally in the region of £22-£25.