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Law AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The course attracts students of many different kinds.  Some are looking toward a legal career, but the law affects everyone and many students take the course just out of interest.

Course content

Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, discussions in large and small groups, moots (mock trials), and occasional presentations by students; there are also opportunities to visit the courts and hear from guest speakers.  Students are provided with detailed workbooks for all topics, where all your notes are written and essay plans are created. Students are expected to do some background reading, to make their own detailed notes and to write essay answers to past exam questions.

First Year

  • Unit 1: 
    Understanding Legal Structures and Processes
  • Unit 2:
    Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods

Second Year

  • Unit 3: 
    Freedom of the Individual and Protection Human Rights
    Understanding Substantive Law
  • Unit 4: 
    Freedom of the Individual and Protection Human Rights
    Understanding the Law in Context

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.


Law can be taken with any combination of subjects.

The assessment is based entirely on timed written exam papers spread over the two years; there is no “coursework” element. 

In the first year, there are two AS exams. Each paper lasts an hour and a half: the first exam is two essay questions from a choice of six. The second exam is two “stimulus response” questions from a choice of four.

In A2, the first exam is also an hour and a half long. Candidates answer two “problem” essays from a choice of four. The second exam is two and a half hours long where candidates answer three questions out of a choice of five.  

Financial information

There are no specific charges payable in connection with this course, except for any optional visits a student may wish to take part in.

Future opportunities

The course leads to AS Level Law (WJEC 2251) after one year and/or A-level Law (WJEC 3251) after two years.

A-level Law is not required for entry to Law degree courses or the legal profession, but it isaccepted (with other appropriate subjects) for entry to degree courses in Law and nearly all other courses of higher education. 

Students wishing to study Law at university will not be disadvantaged by studying A-level Law. The course helps them prepare for the LNat test and develops students’ legal skills

It is also a useful qualification for anyone looking for employment as a legal executive, legal secretary, police officer, journalist, social worker, civil servant, forensic scientist, accountant or tax adviser.

Further information

Opportunities to visit Bristol Law Courts and a law library to learn how to research law. Guest speakers from international law firms and barristers chambers often visit, and the college is invited to participate in mock trials at the University of the West of England on their “Street Law” programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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