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Law A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

This course is for people looking to get into the legal profession, become a police officer or simply for those who want to find out more about the role of the justice system. A Level Law gives you an understanding of how the legal system works and not just what the law is. It looks at the roles of legal professionals as well as how laws are made.

Law does have a large amount of material to read and digest, especially with respect to specific distinctions between cases that have come before the courts as, unsurprisingly, there is an exception to every rule!

You will be expected to know and use case names where appropriate in your answers and be encouraged to apply the legal knowledge that you gain throughout the course to different legal scenarios to explain the likely outcome of a particular case.

The course covers key topics about the English legal system including how laws are made, how the courts work to the procedures around trying a defendant in court and the punishments available.

Trips and visits opportunities

Visit to local courts.  Trip to London to visit the Supreme Court and Inn of Courts.

Course content

In your first year, you will study law making and the legal system so that you are better able to understand how British law is created and implemented. You will go on to study the concept of liability, tort of negligence and offences against the person including actual and grievous bodily harm. In this unit students will try to apply the law to different scenarios.

In your second year, the course will focus entirely on criminal law. This part of the course covers criminal law and principles of liability, murder and manslaughter, general defences, theft, robbery and burglary.  Again, students will be asked to apply the law to certain scenarios, although there are also the opportunities to explore the law more fully in the form of larger essays.


  • Law Making and the Legal System
  • The Concept of Liability
  • Criminal Law (Offences against the person)
  • Criminal Law (Offences against property)

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.

Future opportunities

A Level Law can help you progress on to a range of higher education courses including Law. It also opens up career routes into the Police force, solicitor’s offices and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Further information

What our students think

“Law is a challenging but very rewarding subject. It is great fun and the teachers make the content engaging and fun.”

Rebecca, previously St Joseph’s School

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: 12 September 2016
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