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Law A Level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

The course provides you with a general overview of the English Legal System. It includes the structure and the procedures of the courts and its personnel; for example, juries, barristers and solicitors. We will also consider contemporary issues, exploring a wide range of interesting cases and Acts of Parliament. The aim is to improve your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of a whole range of issues affecting the legal system.

Course content

Please be aware that the exam specifications for Law are due to change in 2017 and the new proposals require the students to assess the interrelationships between different areas of law through the study of the English Legal System within the context of the substantive law areas.

Students will continue to study the popular Criminal Law and Tort topics. A-level students can choose either Contract or Human Rights Law as their third substantive study area.

  • The English Legal System teaches you how law is made and how the court system works.
  • People in the Law: Will help you discover what the various legal personnel and lay people do, such as juries and magistrates.
  • The Law of Tort: You've seen the adverts 'Have you been injured in an accident?', well in this topic you will learn more!
  • Criminal Law: From assault to murder, you will learn about offences against the person and the crimes against property, such as theft and robbery. This is the focus of the second year of study, when these crimes are studied in depth with some interesting case law!

Entry requirements

At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths and a grade 6 (grade B) in English Literature or Language.


Tutors work closely with learners to ensure they reach their full potential. Assessment is by exam only. Students will be given weekly assessments that will be tracked by both the student and teacher. These will provide an indication of each student's progress.

Future opportunities

Law is useful for learners interested in joining the Police Force or training to become Social Workers.

Law complements many disciplines and is suited to run alongside Economics, English, Law, Sociology and Psychology, to name but a few.

It serves as a perfect precursor to studying at university as it develops reasoning skills and relies heavily upon argument to inform discussions and essays. Many of our learners leave to study Law at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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