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A Level Law at Rosedale College

Course description

This course will provide students with a good introductory knowledge and understanding of law. It will develop skills of analysis, reasoning, logic and critical thinking. It is suitable for anybody who has an interest in law and the legal system, and complements other Humanities subjects, such as Government and Politics and Sociology. The AS year covers two units: Unit 1 – Sources of law – parliamentary law-making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, European law and law reform Unit 2 – English legal system – the role and function of the criminal and civil courts, the powers of courts, principles of sentencing, alternative dispute resolution, barristers and solicitors, the judiciary, the role of magistrates, juries, legal funding, police powers The A2 year covers two further units: Unit 3 – Criminal Law: Special Study – currently the topic is ‘non-fatal offences against the person’ and ‘the defence of consent’. This unit involves a depth study of this topic – students will need to cite relevant legal cases and extracts from leading academic publications Unit 4 – Criminal Law – principles of criminal liability, murder and manslaughter, defences, theft, robbery and burglary, criminal damage, assault Examination – two for AS year, two for A2 year. A Level Law is not a prerequisite for entry into legal careers of further study, but it is accepted by almost all universities as a qualification for entry onto Law courses. A Level Law is recognised as being a valid and useful qualification for careers in areas such as local government, accountancy, social work and journalism.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades or the equivalent, including C in Maths and English.'

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Law is not a prerequisite for entry to legal careers but is accepted, with other subjects, as a qualification for entry to Law degree courses at almost all universities. Many students opt to read degrees in other subjects other than Law and then take the one year conversion course Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) sometimes referred to as the CPE. An A Level in Law is recognised as being a valid and useful qualification by employers in a variety of careers such as Local Government, Accountancy, Librarianship, Social Work, Journalism, Estate Agent and many other careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years