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Law (A Level)

A Level Law not only provides an excellent foundation for those hoping to take the subject further but also develops skills of critical analysis, problem-solving and logical argument which are generally desirable to any form of higher education or employment. This exam-based qualification 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, from the rules on self-defence to the right to a refund of faulty goods.

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. Case studies are exciting and demonstrate how the law applies to real life, for example by applying the law of murder to a current event in the news. Theoretical concepts, such as the arguments and proposed reforms for euthanasia, often ignite fierce debate and independent opinion is encouraged. The course develops a critical awareness of how legal institutions operate and the changing nature of law in society.

The curriculum is taught in an environment where students are challenged to achieve and an atmosphere where risk is encouraged so that students are pushed to achieve their full potential.

Opportunities for enrichment are important in this subject for context and depth of understanding. Trips are taken to the local Plymouth courts, the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court in London. We also have visits from barristers and other legal professionals. The Bar Mock competition (which the school has won at National level several times) supports the development of those eager to pursue legal careers or improve their public speaking. The Legal Apprentice Competition gives experience of the life of the solicitor.     

No prior learning or knowledge 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.

Learning Journey for Law. This breaks down what will be learnt in each year group in a clear and concise format. The learning journeys are a work in progress and will be updated throughout the year.

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