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.
Alternatively, if you do see yourself as a barrister, a solicitor, or a legal executive, then this course could be very rewarding. 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.
The first year of this course will enable you to develop an understanding of how law is made and how it operates in England and Wales, including the job roles within the legal profession and the current impact of the European Union on our laws. You will also study two substantive topics of law, criminal law and the civil law area of tort. You will be assessed in Year 1 by taking two written exam papers.
Each one accounts for 50% of you assessment grading for the year.
Some of the most engaging topics include:
Non-fatal offences such as assault, battery, and grievous bodily harm
Sentencing and procedures in the criminal courts
The law of tort – who do you owe a duty of care to
The work of the Law Commission
The second year of this course will enable you to further develop your understanding of how law is made and operates in England and Wales, criminal law, tort law and you will be introduced to a second area of civil law, Contract law. You will be assessed in Year 2 by taking three written exam papers, all with equal weighting to your overall A level grading.
Some of the topics you will study include:
Homicide, including both murder and manslaughter
Theft and robbery
Criminal defences including insanity
The rules of contract law
There is an opportunity to visit criminal courts, along with the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and law challenge days at local Universities.
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 the legal profession. Local universities will also give talks on the legal courses and facilities they offer.
- GCSE English Language at grade 6
- All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.
AS: Two x 1.5 hour exams
A-Level: Three x 2 hour exams
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-legals, legal executives. There are also opportunities with various council and government departments or in companies that have their own legal departments.
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?
- Yes. Visit the Academy of Sport pages for more information.
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.
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.
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