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Law A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Law is about life! It is something that concerns almost everything we do from birth until death and even beyond! Human activity is governed by rules and knowledge of law and the legal system is useful in any field of employment.

Unit 1 of the AS course focuses on the English Legal System and aim to provide students with an overview of topics such as the law-making process, legal personnel, the role of the judiciary and the role and importance of law persons. Unit 2 gives students the opportunity to study an area of civil law (negligence) and an area of criminal law (assault) and to look at sanctions and remedies.

Unit 1 and 2 of the AS course focus on the English legal system. You will find out about bail, the jury system, solicitors and barristers, legal personnel, the funding of advice and representation, civil and criminal courts, human rights and look at the relationship between law and morality. You will also find out about sources of our law such as the legislation, European Union law and the role of the courts in developing and interpreting the law.

Units 3 and 4 focus on criminal law and areas such as murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences, defences in criminal law, police powers and matters such as sentencing. These are problem based papers.

Law is a topical subject and students are expe4cted to follow current developments in the news and to think critically about the law and the legal system. The study of law should develop and enhance analytical and problem-solving skills. It should also develop written and communication skills and provide students with an invaluable understanding of the legal system.

Course content

The course is based around 4 individual modules taught over two years

AS Modules


Civil & Criminal Justice; the courts; the prosecution process; the bail, the jury system, legal funding and advice, the rule of law and morality.


Sources of law (where our law comes from and how it is made and develops);the legal profession (solicitors & barristers); Judges and Magistrates.

A2 Modules


Criminal Law; Murder & Manslaughter;offences against the person;defences;Police Powers


Criminal Law & Justice – the elements of crime; strict liability offences;criminal procedure;sentencing;justice and human rights

How it is taught

Lessons will use a variety of teaching methods including teacher-led work, student research using internet and library resources, class discussion and debates. We encourage students to take an active part in class – to raise questions, to contribute to discussions and question and answer sessions and to work together with other students.

In recent times activities have included conferences University Conferences, visits to Parliament and participation in the Bar National Mock Trial Competition and the English Speaking Union National Debating Competitions. Students are encouraged to join College groups such as the Model United Nations where they will develop skills and confidence in debating important issues and speaking in public. In addition, each year we normally have several visiting speakers (recent examples have included a Judge, a local Magistrate and lecturers from Northumbria and Teeside Universities).

Students are expected to keep well-organised files, to develop note-taking skills and to make regular use of web resources and their class textbooks.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

Students must have at least a C grade in English (B preferred). There is no coursework element in AS or A2 Law. Students do not have to have studied Law previously.


LA1 – Assessed in May-June

1 1/2 Hour Exam – students must answer 2 questions from a choice of 6

LA2 – Assessed in May-June

1 1/2 Hour Exam – students must answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. This is a stimulus response paper.

LA3 – Assessed in June

1 1/2 Hour Exam – students must answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. This is a problem based paper.

LA4 – Assessed in June

2 1/2 Hour Exam. Students must answer 3 questions. The paper has both essay type and problem questions.

Future opportunities

Each year about 30-40 students progress to study law at University. Destinations in recent years have included Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Teesside, Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Lancaster, Liverpool and Northumbria.

Others go on to study non-law related subjects, some to a Gap Year and others enter employment, including the police force.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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