A Level Law covers a wide range of topic areas relating to criminal and civil law in England and Wales. During the course you will extend your understanding of criminal offences (e.g. theft, burglary and murder) and defences (e.g. insanity, automatism and
loss of control).
Component One – The legal system and criminal law:
Introduces students to the legal system and familiarises them to the concept of liability through an introduction to criminal law. This component is split into two sections – Section A: the legal system and Section B: criminal law.
Component Two – Law making and the law of tort:
Introduces students to the law making and familiarises them to the concept of liability through an introduction to the law of tort. This component is split into two sections – Section A: law making and Section B: the law of tort.
Component Three – The nature of law and contract law:
Enables students to extend their study of law. They will explore and consider in more detail the nature of law and develop their legal knowledge through the study of contract law. This component is split into two sections – Section A: the nature of law and Section B: contract law.
There will be study visits to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court and an opportunity to visit the Nottingham Galleries of Justice.
Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5. Grade 5 English. Grade 3 Maths.
Many students aspire to careers as solicitors or barristers. However, Law is an appropriate A Level for other careers, such as business, journalism, the civil service, forensic science and various areas within both the civil and criminal justice systems.
This is because the qualification demonstrates that you have strong analytical, problems solving and communication skills.
This course could lead onto higher education in areas of law, business studies, politics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to law such as a Lawyer, Solicitor or Barrister, Police Officer, Advice
Worker, Legal Executive, Human Resource Manager.
A qualification in A Level Law is highly valued by many employers, in particular, because of the critical thinking and analytical skills which studying the subject promotes. As well as the obvious career choice of joining the legal profession as a barrister,
solicitor, legal executive or paralegal, Law graduates frequently find themselves working in the commercial sector, business and finance, social welfare, human resources management and with charities.