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Law in the Sixth Form (AS & A2)

Key Stage 5 Law Overview

A-Level Law provides motivated, hardworking students; with a genuine interest in law and current issues, an excellent grounding knowledge in the principles of English and Welsh Law.

Many of our pupils have gone on to study Law and other related disciplines at university, which will allow them to strive for careers in a range of areas, such as the Legal Profession (Solicitors/Barristers), Accountancy, and the Police.

In year one student’s will develop knowledge and critical awareness of the mechanics of the English Legal System, with those students who progress to A2, exploring criminal law.

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Entry Requirements

Five or more A*‐ C (9-4 under the new grading system) grades at GCSE including English language and Maths.

A grade B (5/6) in GCSE English, History or RE would be an advantage, but not compulsory.

Course Content
AS law covers two modules:
  • The English Legal System 

Topics include an investigation into the civil and criminal process; legal personnel and funding.

  • Sources of Law 

Topics include Judicial Precedent, Statutory Interpretation, the Legislative Process and European Law.

A2 Law covers two modules
  • Criminal Law Special Study

Students are given a set of pre‐released source materials on a key area of law. Students are expected to investigate the topic area and focus on analysis and application of the law to case studies.

  • Criminal Law 

Students investigate the principles of criminal law and develop critical awareness of individual crimes and defences. Topics covered include Homicide, Property Offences, Defences and Non‐Fatal Offences

Learning Methods and Assessment

A range of teaching and learning activities are utilised with emphasis on independent learning.

The A level is assessed through structured questions at both AS and A-level.

Students must write essays for both AS and A2 and will be expected to extract relevant information from sources of law. Critical evaluation of the legal topics is required for A2 law.

AS Law comprises of two modular exams, both sat in June. A2 Law comprises of two modular exams, both sat in June.