Why study Law?
As an individual you have to obey society’s laws – if you don’t you will be punished! By studying Law, you’ll begin to understand why we have laws and where they have come from. The law is constantly changing, and you’ll have fun exploring the reasons for those changes. A-level Law develops knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System. The study of Law at A-level will enable you to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Studying Law will also develop your problem solving skills through the application of legal rules, together with an understanding of legal method and reasoning. These skills provide excellent preparation for those students who wish to progress to degree level study or pursue a wide range of careers.
What’s on the course?
We’ll begin with the Nature of Law and the English Legal System. Firstly, we’ll be looking at the nature and rule of law. We’ll look at the differences between enforceable legal rules and principles and other rules and norms of behaviour. We’ll also look at the equity and fairness of the rule of law. Secondly, we will be considering the workings of the English Legal System. We’ll look at the different courts within the English Legal System and the work of the different personnel that work within these courts.
Alongside this topic we will be looking at three substantive areas of law: Criminal, Tort and Contract. In each of these topic we will look at the theory behind that area of law along with practical examples.
What our students say
‘Law is a very rewarding subject and it really helps you to understand daily life. It’s tough, but I’d highly recommend it.’ Holly Wilkinson
Once you’ve finished your Law A level you’ll have picked up a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse, debate, use cases to provide evidence and communicate effectively. These will be a really big help when you continue with your studies at university and in employment.
The A level is awarded on the basis of exams held at the end of the second year which cover the full course.