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Law A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

The study of law helps develop the learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the application of legal rules. Study at AS/A2 level provides a useful background for the further study of law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a law component. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue business careers.

Course content

The AS specification is split into two modules of equal weighting. The first module develops knowledge and understanding of the Legal System, together with an evaluation of its operation and performance. The second module introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal and civil law. There is a choice of area of civil law to be studied – tort or contract.

The A2 specification develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


Course assessment

Unit 1 – Law Making and the Legal System 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2 - The Concept of Liability 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 3 – Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract 25% of A Level Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 4 – Criminal Law (Offences against Property) or Tort, and Concepts of Law 25% of A Level Externally-assessed examination, 2 hours

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the assessment for AS Level during the first year will be eligible to progress to A2 Level in the second year. Combined with other A Levels, Law A Level will qualify you for university entrance including entrance for a law degree/ilex. This course is of use to students contemplating law as a university subject and is also relevant to other courses such as politics, history, etc

 For those not intending to take a university course it would be of use to students wishing to work in some branch of the law, eg as a legal executive – for which it gives some training exemptions, the police force or the civil service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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