Law A Level
Qualification: GCE A Level in Law
Exam Board & Specification Code: OCR; H415; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: 6 in English Language GCSE or 6 in English Literature GCSE
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Study Programmes at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 3 x 2 hour exams
BHASVIC Department: Philosophy, Politics and Law
What will I study?
This course develops your knowledge and understanding of our legal system, including the court system and legal personnel, how Acts of Parliament are made, and the nature of Law, enabling you to gain an understanding of more conceptual issues such as themes of morality and justice. Brought to life through discussions of important legal issues, evaluation of key cases, trips and visiting speakers, you will also study Criminal Law, covering areas such as murder, manslaughter, intoxication and insanity, and the Law of Tort, covering topics such as negligence, nuisance and occupiers' liability. You will then get the choice to study either Human Rights Law or the Law of Contract. Contract Law includes formation of a contract, offer and acceptance, implied terms and remedies available when these terms are broken, and the Human Rights option focuses on the nature, protection, restriction and constitutional position of human rights under UK law.
Is this course right for me?
Do you enjoy debating, expressing your opinions and justifying them based on evidence? Do you enjoy reading and expressing yourself in writing? Are you thinking of a career in Law, or intending to study Law at university? Do you know your rights and responsibilities? Do you want to study a 'new' subject? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions then this is the right course for you.
Studying A level Law gives students many transferable skills, such as problem solving, critical analysis and negotiation skills, that will enable them to progress to university or to apprenticeships and the world of work. Students could continue studying Law or Law related courses at university such as Criminology, International Relations, Public Services Management and Business. They also have the choice to use their work based skills to seek employment in the legal or business world or as apprentices. Legal apprentices train on the job at law firms to eventually become solicitors, chartered legal executives or paralegals. Students may also choose to apply for related apprenticeship vacancies in broader sectors of the economy. Jobs directly related to Law could include Barrister’s Clerk, Chartered Legal Executive, Company Secretary, Licensed Conveyancer and Paralegal. Possible future careers where Law qualifications could be useful are Advice Worker, Chartered Accountant, Civil Service Administrator, Human Resources and Data Analyst. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include The Lawyer Portal, Law Careers.net, The Law Society, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.