A-Level Law at Winstanley College
Why should I study Law at Winstanley?
The law is a set of rules which shapes politics, the economy and society; they are usually enforced through a number of institutions. In this context it is clear that studying A-level Law is not only for the wannabe lawyer! You should certainly be considering Law if you want to study an exciting and challenging subject which is relevant to everyday life. This two year course is divided into four modules. The first year modules are the important foundations of any further legal studies providing a broad appreciation of the law and its functions in society. This knowledge is then built on in the second year with an in-depth look into Criminal Law, contract and tort. You will learn how criminal liability can be established and how someone can be ‘guilty’ of many criminal offences including murder, GBH, and robbery. A-level Law is an evolving subject. It therefore requires a willingness to ‘get involved’, for example, by watching legal documentaries and reading a quality newspaper. As the A-level is based on written examinations, it is essential that you have the ability to write essays and the intelligence to understand and use detailed material as well as the patience to learn it. However, it is very rare for any student to have studied Law before; therefore, we pride ourselves on our ‘user-friendly’ introduction to the subject which greatly assists a smooth transition from GCSE to A-level.
To enhance your learning, there are many exciting activities connected to the law which you can be involved in. Visits to the local Crown and Magistrates Courts help students to learn about the court system, whilst there is the Mock Trial competition for any budding barristers. Guest speakers and student-led debates are also frequently arranged in college. For those who are keen on a career in Europe, there is a trip to Paris and Brussels to visit European Institutions, as well as our very popular visit to Washington and New York. Closer to home, there is the chance to visit a local prison and the Houses of Parliament.
Subject combinations and careers
A-level Law can be studied alongside most subjects, but it goes particularly well with Politics, English, History, Economics and Foreign Languages. Obviously a considerable number of students who choose A-level Law do so with the intention of entering into the legal profession. However, it can also lead to exciting careers in the Civil Service, Public Administration and Management, the Police, Banking, the Armed Forces and Social Work. Those who do wish to pursue the legal path will be well advised about the options of doing either a law degree or another undergraduate degree followed by the CPE conversion course.
What will I study?
- The court and appeal systems, lay people and the legal profession
- The different types of law and how they are made including Acts of Parliament, delegated legislation and judicial precedent
- An in-depth look at homicide, non-fatal offences and offences against property and all the defences to these offences
- The rules of TORT, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and responsibility of employers and employees
- The law of CONTRACT how they are formed, how they are breached and compensation available if they are breached
- Investigating and analysing law and morals, law and justice and the extent to which judges create law
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.