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Law A Level at Bridgwater College

Course description

This course is not only ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the legal profession, police or probation service but offers a valuable insight into the English legal system and the role of law within today’s society. For all learners, no matter where their future interests lie, it raises awareness of the rights and responsibilities that affect our everyday lives.

Course content

The first year aims at developing your understanding of the English legal system from how law is made to how it is enforced and the variety of roles involved in the process. There are two units;

  • The English Legal System; Criminal courts and process, civil courts and process, legal professionals, lay people and the Judiciary
  • Sources of Law; Legislation (including Statutory Interpretation), Judicial Precedent, Law Reform and the European Union

In the second year, the course specialises in Criminal Law where you will study real cases and put yourself in the shoes of prosecution or defence when applying the law to given scenarios. There are two units;

  • Criminal Law; general principles of criminal liability, attempted crimes, strict liability, fatal offences, non-fatal offences, property offences and general defences.
  • Criminal Law Special Study; a special study on a particular area of criminal law (topics change annually) where you will critically evaluate how the law has developed through statutes and case law.

Both years will involve the study of real cases and you will have the opportunity to participate in discussions about topical legal issues, meet visiting speakers and have access to subject specific careers advice and guidance.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs in the A* – C range, including Maths and English at grade C or above.

No previous knowledge of Law is required but a logical mind and an interest in current affairs will prove beneficial.


Examinations in both years.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Law or Law related degrees at university, as well as degrees in other subjects.

Law A level is well respected as a qualification by employers. Some students go on to become legal apprentices straight after A levels and it is a good basis, along with other A levels, for finding employment in a wide range of careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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