A Level inLaw

Even if you aren't aiming for a career in the legal profession, a grounding in law is not only valuable to have on your CV but will also inform you of the laws that you are ruled by daily without even realising it, and your legal rights in a range of situations.

Alternatively, if you do see yourself as a barrister, solicitor, or a legal executive, then this course could be very rewarding as a first step to you achieving your career goal. Law is a fascinating subject which will help you develop transferable skills, such as application, analysis and problem solving.

Law students also tend to study Psychology, Sociology, English, History, Politics and Business Studies.

Course Content

Year 12:
The first year of this course will focus on criminal law.

It will enable you to develop an understanding of how law is made through the court system and how it operates and functions in England and Wales, including the job roles within the legal profession and how they are regulated.

Your main area of study will be substantive criminal law, where you will learn the legal principles and rules needed to gain a conviction and specific criminal offences including murder, non-fatal offences and property offences to name just a few.

Year 13:
Our focus is on civil law, where you will learn more of the processes that allow the law to function, including the Law Commission, how law making powers can be given to organisations and individuals and the impact of European law on our law.

In addition you will learn two areas of substantive law including tort law, looking at negligence, occupier's liability and defences, and we also look at the rules that govern contract law and the protection we all have under the Consumer Protect Act 2015.

You will be expected to not only explain and state the processes of the law but also determine from a given scenario the criminal or civil liability of the defendant by applying the correct rules and cases of law.

Features/Benefits

There is an opportunity to visit criminal courts, along with the National Justice Museum in Nottingham and law challenge days at local Universities (subject to Government guidance on trips).

You will also hear from special guest speakers, including local police officers and barristers, who will deliver specialist lectures about the law making process and what life is actually like working within the the legal profession, and for an alternative view point to the justice system, an official arranged talk from a convicted offender through the Prison Me No Way organisation.

Local universities will also give talks on the legal courses and facilities they offer.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Langauage and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Language at grade 6.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

Three x 2 hour exams.

Progression Opportunities

For those thinking of a possible legal career, this subject is an obvious choice. A Level Law will assist you should you wish to progress to a Law degree at university or enhance your academic profile for further study or a career in another area.

Jobs in the legal profession include Police, CPS, Solicitors, Barristers, Para-legal and, Legal Executives. There are also opportunities with various council and government departments or in companies that have their own legal departments as well jobs in finance and banking.

Course FAQs

IS IT DIFFICULT?
YES. Not only is there a huge amount of information to learn on a topic you possibly know nothing about, but it is all factual so if you don’t write the correct thing the answer is wrong. It is not subject to opinion.

CAN I STUDY IT IF I HAVE NEVER DONE LAW BEFORE?
YES. very few students that take law have ever done it before so the course is suitable for all students and you will learn about the law from the very basic elements.

WHAT DO WE STUDY?
Both substantive law, criminal law and non-fatal offences and Tort law, and non-substantive law, how the law is formed and created, delegated legislation, the judiciary and much more.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1QLA

OUR STUDENTS SAY

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Agra, India