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Law (A Level)

Law engages students by its very nature; case studies are exciting and principles are relevant to everyday life.  Law is taught as an A Level;  it not only provides an excellent foundation for those taking the subject further but also develops skills of critical analysis, problem-solving and structuring a logical argument which are compatible with a range of higher education courses and careers. A Level Law is an exam-based qualification that is accepted by all universities including Oxbridge. Despite being academically challenging, A Level Law is a fascinating subject that offers an insight into how and why our justice system operates as it does. As law permeates every aspect of our lives, the course is full of interesting, useful and relevant concepts that can ignite fierce debate.

Our aim is to provide an academically rigorous yet exciting introduction to the English legal system and areas of both private and public law within the law of England and Wales. The subject engages students by its very nature; case studies are exciting and the principles permeate every aspect of our lives.

The course develops a critical awareness of how legal institutions operate in society and the changing nature of law in society. No prior learning or knowledge of the subject is required and students enjoy the challenge of learning new content and different ways of using it. Though it clearly does provide a good foundation for those hoping to pursue a career in law, the course is primarily aimed at developing the skills which are generally applicable to any form of further education or employment.

These include:

  • research skills using a range of sources
  • evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • analytical skills
  • reasoning and critical judgement skills
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments
  • lateral thinking and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to write concisely
  • confident and persuasive oral communication skills
  • attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision.

The curriculum is taught in an environment where students are challenged to achieve and an atmosphere where risk is encouraged so that students will try something beyond their capabilities. Opportunities for enrichment are important in this subject as it has real-world content so is easier to comprehend when observed in real situations. The Bar Mock competition (which the school has won at National level several times) supports the development of those eager to become real life lawyers.  The aim is to make the subject enjoyable so that students are keen to learn more and become more active participants in society. This also promotes an informed decision about future careers.

Please below to see full details of the course in our: Law Curriculum and Assessment booklet