Law

The aim of A Level law is to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and areas of both public and private law in England and Wales.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: WJEC
Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above including Maths. Grade 5 in English language or above.

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) Law at Liverpool University
  • BA (Hons) Law at Strathclyde University
  • BA (Hons) Law with Criminology at Northampton University

Course Aims

Throughout the course, students will develop an awareness of the legal methods and reasoning used by lawyers and legal professionals as well as developing techniques to analyse and apply legal principles to specific problems. Student’s use of appropriate legal language and the ability to construct and communicate a persuasive argument will strengthen.

Law A-Level is a fantastic opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of how the legal system operates in this country. The course offers students the opportunity to learn how law develops; how principles are applied and an in-depth understanding of criminal law, human rights law, and negligence law. So many students have gone onto study law at university having developed a passion for the subject

Progression

This is an ideal course for those wishing to pursue a degree in Law, History, Politics, Accountancy, Criminology, Social Sciences, English or Psychology.

It would also lend itself well to apprenticeships in Law, Engineering, Accountancy or Business.

Students seeking employment paths directly after Sixth Form could consider a role in the fields of Law, Social Services, the Police or business and finance.

Exam

Assessment is entirely by examination and consists of three written papers at the end of Year 13, although there may be an opportunity to sit an AS exam in this subject.

  • Paper 1 – Nature of Law and the English Legal System – written examination counting for 25% of the overall grade.
  • Paper 2 – Substantive law in practice – written examination counting for 37.5% of the overall grade.
  • Paper 3 – Perspectives of substantive law – written examination counting for 37.5% of the overall grade.