Why Choose Law?
Law is an exciting and challenging subject that would benefit any student aiming to pursue a legal career or simply holding a general interest. A Level Law is a wide-ranging course that introduces the English legal system, criminal and areas of Civil Law. We assume no previous knowledge of the subject, and the main qualities needed to succeed are enthusiasm and determination.
Resources and Facilities
All students are provided with a range of key texts, which can be supplemented from the well stocked legal section of the Learning Resources Centre. The department of Social Science has networked computer rooms with Internet access which are available to Law students
Teaching and Learning Styles
A variety of methods including practical activities and debates are employed to develop the skills necessary to succeed on the course and to prepare you for further study or employment. There is a heavy emphasis on the discussion of legal rules, such as murder, and their application to resolve legal problems. Students have to develop their own arguments regarding legal liability using real cases to support their points, and individual research and presentation skills are developed in order to aid
understanding and evaluation of legal institutions.
We will encourage you to take more responsibility for your own learning and set your sights on achieving the highest standards, supported and guided by your Law teachers.
There are opportunities to visit the Crown Court at Worcester and the Royal Courts of Justice and Parliament in London. Some second year students will also have the opportunity to visit Birmingham courts.
Typically A Level assessment involves a combination of essay writing and analysis of legal problems. The latter involves applying legal rules to case studies to determine liability for a range of offences including murder and manslaughter.
Many students decide to study Law at university, or choose related subjects such as Criminology. A degree in Law provides a route to a legal career, as well as being a qualification that is highly regarded by employers in areas such as business. Others have taken advantage of employment with opportunities for further training, for example working as Legal Executives or joining the Police.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Law||5||5 GCSE grade 5s or above.||Reason logically and apply evidence to principles. Developed writing skills.||Optional trips: London – approx. £80|