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Law A Level at Varndean College

Course description

The law is fascinating it regulates us in every aspect of our lives. Through studying Law
you can learn to understand how and why the law affects you.

You will learn about law through a mixture of discussion, mock trials, debate and
through visits to legal institutions. Regular speakers include a local barrister, solicitor
and magistrates. The course aims to develop your ability to analyse and apply legal
principles, construct legal arguments and draw appropriate conclusions. Throughout,
critical evaluation of current legal issues will be high on the agenda.

Course content

Year 1:  

The Legal System

  • Civil & criminal courts
  • Work & training of solicitors & barristers
  • Role of jurors & magistrates

Criminal Law

  • Murder, manslaughter - what's the difference?
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Theft, robbery and burglary
  • Defences: intoxication, insanity, self-defence, consent

Law Making

  • Parliamentary law making
  • Delegated legislation
  • Judges making the law
  • EU law 


Year 2:

The law of Tort

  • What's the law in personal injury cases?
  • What's the law on keeping your home safe for visitors?

The nature of law

  • What is justice?
  • Should judges make law?
  • What's the difference between law and morality?

Human Rights Law

  • History of the Human Rights Act
  • Impact of the Human Rights Act in the UK
  • How and Human Rights enforced


Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements including Grade 5 in GCSE English


100% exam - 3 papers, 2 hours each

Future opportunities

A Level Law is a sound foundation for a broad range of degree courses and law related careers and other work including: journalism, business, management and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2017
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