A Level

Why should I study this course?

Are you thinking of a career in law and planning to apply to university? If you like researching, reading, discussing and arguing and have an interest in how the Law works, then this could be the course for you. Law is fascinating because it is all around us. If you travelled to us by road, the speed limits along the roads are set by law. The number of people allowed on the bus are set by law. The bus fare you paid is set by law. These are just a few examples of how Law works.

Law is academic, challenging and practical and is a subject well-respected by universities as a good basis for studying anything, as it teaches you a wide variety of skills, including essay writing, research and analysis.

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What will I study?

Year One Units:

  • The English Legal System – an insight into the personal of the courts and an understanding of court mechanism
  • Criminal Law – a detailed study into the law of murder, manslaughter, theft, robbery, burglary and assaults
  • Law Making – looks at where our law comes from Parliament, Judges and Europe


Year Two Units:

  • The Law of Tort
  • Human Rights Law
  • The Nature of Law

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Three exams at the end of Year 2.

What will the course prepare me for?

If you choose to continue your studies of Law there are many courses in higher education to choose from, some specialise in Law whilst others offer a chance to combine subjects. A Level Law is also highly valued by employers, not just in the legal professions but in a whole range of careers in areas such as Commerce, Business and Management, The skills you will develop on this course, such as being able to see both sides of an argument or being able to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant, will be of value to you throughout your life.

Private study

As an approximate guideline Law requires 4-5 hours of independent study each week.

What materials will I need to provide?

  • Pens
  • A4 paper
  • Highlighter pens/coloured pencils
  • A4 Lever Arch File (to store notes)
  • A4 Wallet (to transport to college)

Course textbooks and workbooks for each topic will be provided for you.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught using traditional methods, although you will also take part in discussions and debates, a mock trial, and see how the law works through videos and internal research.

You will have lectures from guest speakers; take part in educational visits to the Magistrates' Court and the Crown Court, The Crown Court in Lincoln Castle, master class sessions at the Universities of Hull & Nottingham as well as a visit to Hull Prison.

This course is for you if...

  • You have an interest in what is going on around you
  • You enjoy researching and reading
  • You like discussing and arguing
  • You are planning to apply to university
  • You are thinking of a career in law

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • The ability to communicate ideas both verbally and in writing
  • A keen interest in the subject
  • The ability to read and analyse texts and law cases
  • The ability to develop arguments
  • Determination and commitment