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Law A Level at Highfields School

Course description

This is an A Level which provides grounding in the main principiles of English and Welsh Law. It enables candidates to develop the knowledge and understanding as well as a critical awareness of the legal system.

We have a strong team of Social Scientists, who are all subject specialists in the areas they teach.

Our assessment practise and the uinderstanding that our teachers have about the processes of external examination enables our learners to focus upon the core skills for success. 

We have written the majority of the resources ourselves, so that they are tailored specifically for the courses we provide.

Course content

There is a balance between learning the structure of the legal system and the skills needed to formulate a coherent argument, defend a position or challenge an established principle. There are a large number of case studies which form the basis of our legal system that need to be learned and systems for extended responses to questions. The lessons are structured and focussed upon developing the core abilities to succeed in Law.

The English Legal System: The principles underlyingthe English Legal System. Courts, criminal process, and the prison system. As well as roles within theLegal Profession

Sources of Law: The principles underlying theEnglish Legal System. Areas of focus are the doctrine of precedent, legislation, European Unionlaw and law reform.

Criminal Law: The principles of criminal law anddevelop critical awareness of criminal law in relation to specific crimes and defences.

Criminal Law Special Study: ‘Special Study’ sourcematerials from judgements, articles or Acts of Parliament, which are pre-released and analysed.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Language, grade Bin a Humanity GCSE [History, Geography, RE,Citizenship], with a minimum of 5 GCSEgrade C’s or above.


All units are assessed through external written examinations. Candidates demonstrate theirknowledge of the chosen area of Law and the development of that area using legal methodsand reasoning to analyse legal materials whilst selecting legal rules in order to draw conclusions.

Future opportunities

This is a really useful A Level if you are planning on a degree in Law, or in Business, or in a range of different professions which interact with our legal system.

Further information

We have led a successful course in Law for a number of years, over the last few yeares we have had a 100% pass rate for those learners who completed the full A2 course. We are successful at kick starting a number of student's legal careers and have built a successful working relationship with our students.

Combines well with Sociology, Business and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highfields School directly.

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years