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AS/A-Level Law at Leeds City College

Course description

Studying A-Level Law provides you with the opportunity to gain a real insight into our legal system and the legal framework that underpins our society, and how this affects ordinary citizens. You will gain an understanding of where our laws come from and how cases are decided.

In the first year, you will focus on where UK law comes from, looking at areas such as legal precedent, legislation, European Union law and law reform. You will also explore the mechanisms of the UK legal system, including civil courts, criminal courts, criminal processes, penal system, the legal profession, lay people and the provision of legal services.

The second year of study further develops your understanding of the key principles of criminal law in relation to specific crimes and defences. Areas of focus are the principles of criminal liability, attempted crimes, offences against the person, general defences, non-fatal offences against the person and offences against property.

Course content

In the first year, you will focus on where UK law comes from, looking at areas such as:

  • legal precedent
  • legislation
  • European Union law
  • law reform

You will also explore the mechanisms of the UK legal system, including:

  • civil courts
  • criminal courts
  • criminal processes
  • penal system
  • the legal profession
  • lay people
  • the provision of legal services

The second year of study further develops your understanding of the key principles of criminal law in relation to specific crimes and defences. Areas of focus are the principles of:

  • criminal liability
  • attempted crimes
  • offences against the person
  • general defences
  • non fatal offences against the person
  • offences against property

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry.

However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths. Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.

Assessment

There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

A lot of our students go on to study Law at university, allowing them to access careers in the legal system, teaching profession, police and prison sector, amongst others.  However, the study of Law at A-Level also develops critical thinking skills that provide excellent preparation for a wide range of further study and career options.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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