Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the legal profession and it offers a valuable insight into the English Legal System and the role of law within today’s society. No matter where your future interests lie it will raise your awareness of the rights and responsibilities that affect our everyday lives and you will develop skills which will prepare you for studying at university and in your chosen career.

What does the course involve?

The first year aims at developing your knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and an area of public and private law. You will learn how the English Legal System works, in particular the criminal court process, civil court process, the legal profession, lay people and the Judiciary, Legislation (including Statutory Interpretation), Judicial Precedent, Law Reform and the European Union.

You will also be introduced to the rules of Criminal Law (the elements of a crime and non fatal offences against the person) and Civil Law (Tort Law - negligence and nuisance).

In the second year, you will develop your critical awareness of how law operates in society. You will consider issues such as law and morality and law and justice - including the meaning of justice and the extent to which the law actually achieves justice.

In addition you will specialise in more aspects of Criminal Law (murder, manslaughter and defences) and Tort Law (Trespass, nuisance, vicarious liability and remedies). You will evaluate the elements of these areas of law and apply the rules to factual scenarios.

The third element of the course will focus on Human Rights Law ie. the protection of individual’s rights and freedoms in the UK, key provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights as well as the restrictions and enforcement of human rights law.

Both years will involve the study of real cases and statutes and you will develop your legal skills as you analyse the law and apply it to real life situations. You will have the opportunity to participate in discussions about topical legal issues, meet visiting speakers such as the police and magistrates and find out what really happens in a court room.

What makes this course special?

  • The teaching team are well-qualified and have excellent experience.

  • You can become involved in a college based ‘Law Society’ which investigates legal stories and provides the means for studying aspects of law beyond the specification.

  • You will develop skills of analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving which is excellent preparation for the demands of studying at university.

  • You will visit law courts and listen to speakers such as barristers, solicitors, police officers to ensure that you experience the application of law first hand.

  • You will have the opportunity to consider aspects of justice such as, ‘should an intoxicated defendant be treated leniently’? or ‘when is it reasonable to kill someone’?

Entry Requirements

Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English. No previous knowledge of Law is required but a logical mind and an interest in current affairs and the concept of justice will prove beneficial.

What are the assessment methods?

Examinations in both years

How long is the course?

Two years

What are the progression options?

Many students go on to study Law or Law related degrees at university, as well as degrees in other subjects such as politics, sociology, business and criminology.

Law A Level is well respected as a qualification by employers. Some students go on to become legal apprentices, paralegals or legal executives after A Levels and it is a good basis, along with other A Levels, for finding employment in a wide range of careers.

Awarding Body

OCR

Further Information