Law A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College
Studying Law gives students an understanding of the role of Law in today's society and raises their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Students on this course will learn how to study, analyse, apply and evaluate legal issues, rules and principles and construct clear arguments whilst considering differing perspectives. By learning about legal rules and how they apply to real life, students will also develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This course will focus on developing students' knowledege and understanding of the English Legal system and areas of private and public law within the law of England & Wales. The course includes the following main topics:
- Nature of the Law and the English legal system
- Criminal Law
- Human rights
Students will learn about different sources of Law and the role Law plays in society as well as exploring law and morality, law and justice and the rule of law. The modules on the English legal system will look in depth at law making, the role of parliament and the European Union in designing legislation and passing reforms. Students will gain an understanding of the Legal system including the civil courts, criminal courts, the judiciary and other forms of dispute resolution as well as investigating legal personnel roles and exploring access to justice and funding.
The Criminal Law section will focus on the rules and theory of criminal law, liability, different types of offences such as robbery, assault, manslaughter etc and their defences.
The Tort section will explore the rules and theory of civil wrongs such as breach of duty, negligence, liability for injury or economic loss and consider the possible defences and remedies.
Finally the Human rights topic will cover theories in human rights, it will explore human rights in the aftermath of the Second World War as well as international aspects such as the UN and the EU. Students will examine specific articles of the major conventions on human rights as well as considering their restrictions and enforcement.
Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:
- Grade 5 in English Language
Students without a Grade 5 in English Language should consider the BTEC Level 3 course in Law.
The assessment is 100% examination at the end of the course. There are three papers each with a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Many students go on to study Law at university or use the knowledge and skills they have developed on the course to secure employment in the Police or Government & Civil Service. Law apprenticeships also offer many opportunities or positions such as Legal Executive or Legal Secretary.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.