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Law AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

This qualification involves the study of the legal system in England and Wales. Students will gain an overview of how the civil and criminal court system works and learn about the part played by both legal and civilian personnel.


Course content

Course Content AS

At AS level you will study two modules and sit exams in two AS units.

Unit 1: English Legal System G151

You will learn about the civil courts including the High Court, alternatives to the courts such as tribunals and the European Court of Justice. You will also learn about police powers, the powers of arrest and stop and search the criminal courts and the power courts have to sentence offenders.

In preparation for this unit you will also learn about barristers, judges and solicitors as well as the magistrates and jurors who make up the lay personnel in our legal system. You will learn about their role and how they work within the English legal system.

Unit 2: Sources Of Law G152

You will study the different areas from which laws develop, looking at the role of the courts, Acts of Parliament and the effect of European Law. You will also develop an understanding of how the law changes over time by researching cases which have been decided in higher courts and the effect of the decisions judges make on a daily basis.


At A2 level, you will study Criminal Law in depth.

Criminal Law–Unit G153

In the stuy of Criminal Law, studetns will learn about the basic elements of criminal liability;actus reus and mens rea as well as the tests for proving caustion in crime. Specific offences considered include Homicide (murder and manslaughter), the non-fatal offences against the person (assault, battery, ABH, Wounding and GBH) and the dishonesty offences under the Theft Act 1968 (theft, burglary and robbery). The special and general defences are also considered, alomg with attempted crimes. Students must apply this knowledge to scenario questions, identifying a characters liability and evaluating whether a defence would apply, supporting answers with reference to case decisions which have come before the English Courts. Students must also critique certain areas of the criminal law, and suggest how these can be reformed.

Special Study Module - Unit G154

This study unit involves researching from source materials on a specified area of criminal law such as the general defences of consent or self defence. Students will be expected to carry out research using the materials and cases provided and this is then examined in the June module.

The successful achievements in the two AS level units and the two units inthe second year will qualify students for the full A Level in Law.

Entry requirements

Minimum of B grade in Mathematics and C grades in four other subjects including English.


A levels are exam based qualificatons and the assessment is done at the end of each year. In year one and again year two you will sit two written papers in May/June time. Throughout the year you will experience a supportive learning environment with a student-centred approach to learning which will  help develop the skills required for higher level studies and employment.

Future opportunities

The Law Department offers an opportunity to progress on to a Qualifying Law degree based at the College campus in the first year, to students who successfully achieve good grades at A2 in a variety of  subjects. All students must apply through the UCAS system. This degree is in collaboration with the University of Sunderland,with students progressing to the University Campus in their second and third years of study.Students are also offered the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree in law and spend two further years at the College reading a range of legal topics and experiencing the law from a practical vocational perspective. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students have a variety of options.They would be qualifed to work in a legal environment such as a solicitor’s office as a member of the Institute of  Legal Executives and after a work qualifying period would be ableto apply for full fellowship status. Otherwise students can progress on to the second year of a qualifying law degree (LLB) with the University of Sunderland.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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