Law A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Law
Exam Board & Specification Code: OCR; H415; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: B/6 in English Language GCSE or B/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 Programmes of Study 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
Head of Department: Phil Anthony

What will I study?

The Law A level course will enable students to develop a solid foundation in the principles of the English Legal system (e.g. the court system, legal personnel, sources of law), the nature of Law (e.g. themes of morality, justice and the role law plays in society) as well as two substantive areas of Law – Crime and Tort. Criminal Law covers murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences such as GBH as well as defences available such as intoxication, self-defence and insanity. The study of Tort will involve students learning about negligence, nuisance, occupiers’ liability as well as defences and remedies. The subject will be brought to life through discussions of important legal issues, presentations, evaluation of key cases, visiting speakers as well as trips to the local courts (Magistrates and Crown) plus a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice and a tour of the Supreme Court.

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? 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?

Where next?

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, Licenced 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, The Law Society, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.