The new Law syllabus has been designed to make progression to a Law degree more straightforward by mirroring some of the topics that are essential for undergraduate study. The A-level is broken down into three key areas:
During your studies of the legal system and law making you will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and people involved in the law and the changing nature of the legal system.
Criminal law will involve the rules and general elements of a crime and provides an introduction to criminal liability through the study of offences against the person, such as GBH and murder, and offences against property including theft, robbery and burglary. You will develop your knowledge and skills to apply their legal knowledge to scenario-based situations and gain a critical awareness of the present state of criminal law.
The law of tort is much the same but looking at individuals being sued for their actions for tortious liability in negligence, occupiers' liability and nuisances. Here, we look at individuals being sued rather than face state sanctions.
The law of contract will focus on the central elements of contract law from the formation of contracts to terms within them, how contracts can be set aside due to misrepresentation and how a contract comes to an end. Here, we will also look at how individuals are sued for a breach of contract.
Through the Law A-level, we will also undertake the study of the nature of law. You will explore this in a wider context and develop your understanding of how the law interacts with society, morality and justice.
You will learn via a variety of different methods. Anything from Q&A, research tasks and cases studies covering issues of different areas of law, to mock trials that we will host in the classroom to argue the liability of the defendant. You will be assessed throughout the course with a mixture of case tests, essays and legal scenarios.
You are assessed by three examinations at the end of two years of study. This will be spread across the three main areas of Criminal, Tort and Contract law. Each paper will also assess students knowledge and understanding of the Legal System, Law Making and Nature of Law.
Each exam is 2 hours long.
YES - we will visit Bristol Crown Court where you will be able to sit in the public gallery and watch the trial unfold before your eyes. Our students have seen trials in the past on a variety of legal matters including theft, drugs, murder, GBH, sentencing of defendants and so much more. This really allows for them to see the theory they learn in the classroom be played out in real-life cases in the courtroom.
We have also visited the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court. Our students have taken part in debates within Parliament, a Q&A session with their local MP and a tour of the Palace of Westminster. Students also have the opportunity to observe legal issues being heard in the Supreme Court and have a tour of the Supreme Court, including visiting their gallery. This supplements with the students learning of Law Making within the syllabus.
In addition to this, every year we invite 'Life Behind Bars' to visit the College where they host a day event, bringing with them five ex-convicts and a psychologist to talk about the crimes they have committed and their experiences in prison. This helps students with the Legal System part of the course, bringing theory to life.
We have also held Law Conferences inviting industry professionals such as members of the Law Society, solicitors and barristers who discussed their roles, skills needed for the profession and conducted a Q&A session with students.
We ask students to purchase work packs containing the relevant content to be studied for each topic. The only additional cost would be for trips if you wish to attend or purchasing key textbooks/revision guides.
No, we simply require students to achieve at least 5 Grade 4's or above which include Maths and English. The higher grade the better for English, as this course requries a good amount of reading and essays to be completed.
To help with the study of Law, the academic year has a number of enrichment actvities for students to undertake. This includes being part of the Law Society, whereby students undertake interviews for work placements in law firms, produce a portfolio of Client Care Skills and partake in Mooting.
Students wishing to pursue a career in public speaking, legal or non-legal are also encouraged to take park in the College's Debating Society where our teams have reached the national finals (Debating Matters).
We have the annual True Life Conference where ex-prisoners are invtied to speak about their experiences with the legal system and more.
Students can attend trips to visit the Houses of Parliament, The Supreme Court and the Crown Court in Bristol.
We have also held a Law Conference inviting Law firms and legal professionals to speak to students about their experineces and careers.
Being part of the Law Society will allow for the opportunity for students to produce CVs and then undertake interviews for work placements in law firms. This will consist of interviews undertaken by the legal professionals themselves. Successful applicants will gain a placement shadowing a legal professional and assisting with their work.
No, entry to a degree in Law will require any three academic A-levels. While many universities do not require Law as an A-level for studying a Law degree, it is however, very beneficial. It shows a genuine interest in the subject and that you have a working understanding of the legal system and current affairs. Year on year, students return to tell us how valuable their A level in Law was to their study of Law at undergraduate level.
The new specification has been designed with input from leading universities and academics, and has been altered to mirror the degree more closely; this will serve you well when studying a Law degree as you will have a solid understanding of three of the core modules before you even arrive in Higher Education.
If you do not wish to study Law at HE, it is still an engaging subject and an academic A-level which prepares you very well for the demands studying any other degree.
It is no harder than any other A-level. You will find some elements more difficult than others but the simple answer is that as long as you attend, work at it and listen to your lecturers, you will not only enjoy this subject, but you will achieve the grade you deserve. You are expected to complete essays and answer legal scenarios regularly through the academic years, so an ability to stay on top of work and submit work regularly is needed.
It is a good idea if you are considering taking Law at degree level – many universities look on work experience favourably. Have a look into the Law Society that we now offer at the College - this is where you have the opportunity to complete work experience with a local Law firm and complete a portfolio on Client Care Skills and undertake Mooting.
No, we know that many schools in this area do not offer Law at GCSE. As such, the A-level syllabus is designed to start at the 'beginning' to give you a foundation in understanding the legal world.
It would be good to have knowledge of current affairs/current news. This is because in all of the areas of law that you will study, there is a high liklihood of real life cases or news unfolding on the matter at the time that you study it. This makes your study of Law real, relatible and relevant!