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A Level Law at Great Sankey High School

Course description

Law is a pervasive subject that impacts upon us all in our daily lives. It is not just an intellectual discipline but also a social entity. We are all in daily contact with the ‘law’ in its many forms and most people believe that it is a necessary part of our lives and of our society. The course attracts students with various ambitions not just those who are looking towards reading law or related subjects at university. This is due to the fact that the course develops many transferrable skills valued in higher education such as techniques from logical thinking and reasoning to analysis and problem solving.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - English Legal System where we study knowledge of police powers, the criminal and civil court systems and appeal routes, sentencing, and the role of the jury, magistrates and of solicitors and barristers.

Unit 2 - Sources of Law where we study sources of law such as making an Act of Parliament, Judicial Precedent and European Law.

A2 Level

Unit 3 and Unit 4 - Criminal Law where you will focus on the homicide offences of murder and manslaughter, non fatal offences such as assault, battery, ABH and GBH, the property offences of theft, burglary and robbery and all related defences.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course and at least a grade B in English GCSE is required. A Level Law is a highly regarded subject both with universities and employers. Universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) have stated that they regard A Level Law as an appropriate A Level subject to count towards offer requirements for an undergraduate law degree. The logic is that someone who has spent two years obtaining the qualification knows the demands of the subject and is therefore more likely to complete a course at university and has already started to develop the necessary study and subject related skills that are necessary for success in higher education.


AS - Unit 1 is worth 60% and Unit 2 40% of the AS grade

A2 - Unit 3 is worth 40% and Unit 4 60% of the A2 grade

No coursework—100% external examination in the summer of the As and A2 year

Future opportunities

Opportunities after college include degree in law or any subject that will benefit from transferrable skills of logical theoretical thinking, analysis, critical judgement and evaluation and problem solving (History; Philosophy, English, Politics etc); non degree routes into law such as the ILEX qualifications for legal executives; beneficial to police recruits; probation services; youth offending teams; social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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