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Law A Level at South Downs College

Course description

This course will appeal to a wide range of students - from those mildly interested in the law to those seriously considering a career in the legal profession.

You do not need to have previously studied law. Law affects every person on a day to day basis.

Law is involved in many varied activities, from buying a cup of coffee in the student cafeteria, to a person accused of a serious crime in a criminal court.

The course encourages you to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and to develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly.

Course content

The AS forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A Level. The AS can be taken as a stand-alone or as the first part of the full A Level course.

In the AS year, you will cover two main topics: The English Legal System and Sources of Law.

You will concentrate on various aspects of the English Legal System, including the courts; other methods of dispute resolution; police powers; principles of sentencing; barristers and solicitors; magistrates; juries; the doctrine of precedent; Acts of Parliament; delegated legislation; statutory interpretation; European law; law reform.

In the A2 year you will specialise in either Criminal Law or Contract Law.

Criminal Law enables you to look at general principles of criminal liability: the course then considers particular offences including murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person, theft, burglary and robbery.

Contract Law enables you to look at the requirements for a legally enforceable contract and you will appreciate, among other things, the impact of a misrepresentation and a mistake on the validity of that contract.

During the course you will be given the opportunity to visit local courts, as well as participate in a Law Essay Prize and a national Bar Mock Trial competition.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


You will sit two examinations at the conclusion of the AS year (Sources lasting 1hr, English Legal System 2hrs). There is no examinable course work component.

You will sit two examinations at the conclusion of the A2 year (one lasting 2hrs and one lasting 1hr 30mins). There is no examinable coursework component.


Future opportunities

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2016

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