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Law A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

A qualification in Law demonstrates your ability to think clearly and logically. From the criminal justice system to creating legislation, the law touches many aspects of our daily lives. Not only will you be looking at a wide range of high-profile real-life cases, you’ll also find out about the offences themselves: how they came to court, how the Judge can sentence a convicted criminal and how solicitors, barristers, magistrates and juries interact. You’ll gain an understanding of how laws are made and how they are passed in parliament, police powers, criminal and civil courts and the European courts.

You will learn the principles of criminal law and how liability is established, and study criminal offences ranging from murder to manslaughter. You will also examine special or partial defences that apply to murder, such as loss of control and diminished responsibility. In addition, you will study non-fatal offences ranging from grievous bodily harm to minor assault and battery, and examine the Theft Acts, covering basic theft, robbery and burglary, and to include the defences available.

Course content

In Year One (AS Level):

Unit 1: Students will learn about the principles underlying the English Legal System. Areas of focus are Civil Courts, Criminal Courts, Criminal Process, Penal System, the Legal Profession and Lay People.

Unit 2: Students will develop an appreciation of the principles underlying the English Legal System. Areas of focus arethe Doctrine of Precedent, Legislation and Law Reform.

In Year Two (A2 Level):

Unit 3: Students will begin to explore the principles of Criminal Law in relation to specific crimes and defences such as offences against the person, general offences and offences against property.

Unit 4: This Unit is based on pre-released materials focusing on a particular area of criminal law, which will be explored in depth using source material.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language.


All units are assessed by exams

In Year One (AS Level):
Unit 1: 2 hour exam. Choose 4 questions from 7, worth 120 marks and 60% of AS grade
Unit 2: 1 hour exam. Choose 1 question from 2, worth 80 marks and 40% of AS grade

In Year Two (A2 Level):
Unit 3: 2 hour exam. Choose 1 essay from 3; choose 1 scenario from 3 and choose 1 dilemma from 2. Worth 120 marks and is 60% of A2 grade
Unit 4: 1 hour 30 min exam. Specialised subject chosen by OCR from specification. Topic changes annually. Worth 80 marks and 40% of A2 grade.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, the University of Liverpool, Keele University, the University of Manchester, the University of York and Lancaster University.

They are reading degree programmes such as International Relations and Politics, Law, Criminology, Philosophy and Politics, Criminal Justice, History and Politics and History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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