What Will I Study?
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 HE. The A-Level is broken down into three key areas:
- Law 01 – focusing on the legal system and criminal law;
- Law 02 – focusing on law making and the law of tort (negligence);
- Law 03 – focusing on the nature of law and the law of contract.
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 (negligence) is much the same but looking at individuals being sued for their actions rather than facing state sanctions.
The final elements of the Law A-Level is to take a look at the nature of law. You will explore this in a wider context and develop your understanding of how the law interacts with society, technology, morality and justice. The law of contract will focus on the central elements of contract law from the formation of contracts to their enforcement including mobile phone contracts, employment contracts and the contract you form every time you purchase something from a shop.
You will learn via a variety of different methods. Anything from Q&A, research tasks and cases studies about the insane or murderers, 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.
Firstly, this can lead you onto a Law degree and a legal career. While many universities do not require Law as an A-Level for studying a Law degree, it is very beneficial, shows a genuine interest in the subject and that you have a working understanding of the legal system and current affairs. 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 HE. 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 a degree.
Any subject you study and any career you enter will have an element of Law within it; health and safety, negligence, contracts being signed, playing sport – everything. So your legal studies will help and support you in all areas such as teaching, banking, accountancy, IT, estate agency, insurance and of course the Law itself.
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. The college has seen trials in the past including theft, drugs, murder, GBH, sentencing of defendants and so much more. We also have plans of visiting the Old Bailey, Parliament and the Supreme Court.
In addition to this, every year we invite 'Life Behind Bars' to visit the college where the 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.
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.
To help with the study of :Law, the academic year has a number of enrichment actvities for students to undertake. This includes the 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, The Old Bailey 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.
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 very beneficial, shows a genuine interest in the subject and that you have a working understanding of the legal system and current affairs. 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 HE. 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 a 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 work at it and listen to your lecturers, you will not only enjoy this subject, but you will achieve the grade you deserve.
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 evidencing your work.
No – we will be starting at the beginning to give you a foundation understanding of the legal world. It would be good to have knowledge of current affairs/ current news.
Progression and Career Opportunities
In 2016-2017, 17,855 students were accepted to read law at undergraduate level in England and Wales. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is required to collect and maintain records of all qualified solicitors. In 2017, there were 175,160 qualified solicitors, of which, 87,150
(49.8 %) are men and 88,010 (50.2%) are women. Solicitors earn on average £25,000 to £100,000, a barrister can earn up to £250,000 a year.
- Company Secretary
- Legal Executive
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