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Law A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

Law affects everything we do and every area of our lives. It is happening around us and changing on a daily basis. Through the media we are aware of how it touches the lives of individuals and its overall impact on society as a whole.
No previous knowledge of Law is required – you will learn everything you need throughout the course

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C which should include English and Maths.

If you have not achieved a GCSE Grade C or above in English and/or Maths, you will be required to re-sit these exams during your AS year.


The first year deals with the nuts and bolts of the law and introduces us to the English legal system. We learn about where our law comes from - Parliamentary law, judicial
precedent and Europe. We then look at the criminal process from being stopped and searched by the police through to all the stages of trials and punishment. We look at all the courts involved, and the legal and lay personnel both in criminal and civil law.
The second year focuses on the mechanics of criminal and tort law, building on the foundations laid in the first year.
This includes crimes such as murder, manslaughter, theft and robbery in the criminal law. Tort law looks at topics such as negligence, nuisance and liability for animals.
Students also have many opportunities to learn about the English legal system through talks from figures such as solicitors; barristers; magistrates; judges and police
officers. We also offer visits to the local courts as well as the Supreme Court in London.
The course is assessed wholly through external examinations – the team in the Law department at Newcastle Sixth Form College are all experienced examiners for OCR.

Future opportunities

Think of any profession and they will have their own ‘in house lawyer’ be it your favourite football team, Apple or the BBC so you are not limited!

You can progress to a number of legally specific or linked degrees such as; LLB Law, criminology, forensics, politics, psychology, business, accounting, paralegal, probation service training, police, military careers in law, solicitors, barristers.

We also have excellent links to the Law departments of local universities, with many students attending universities such as Durham, Newcastle, Manchester and
Northumbria. Careers in the legal profession are of course popular destinations for our students, but the skills of evaluation and analysis are highly transferable to any career path.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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