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Law A Level at Oaklands College

Course description

During the AS Level you will cover: The English Legal System; Here you will learn who works in the English Legal System - what Barristers, Solicitors and Judges actually do, as well as how they are trained. You will also look at how ordinary members of the public just like you, get to participate in the legal process. From there, you will be learning about the differences between civil and criminal law in England, by studying the different courts and looking at both criminal and civil procedures. This will include an in-depth look at what happens to an individual from the time of arrest, appearing in court and to being sentenced by the criminal courts, as well as studying what kind of matters are dealt with in the civil courts. You will also be introduced to alternatives to courts, such as tribunals and also study what kind of powers the Police has.

Course content

Sources of Law; In this Unit you will learn where law comes from by examining exactly how Parliament and the Courts create and modify our laws, just like the ones you hear about on the news or come across in your daily life. You will also study other sources of law, including the ways in which judges follow past cases - 'case law', delegated legislation, European law, as well as how the law develops and changes over time.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least 6 GCSEs at grade C or above (or an Average Points Score of 4.9) including English. If you do not have Maths GCSE at A-C, you will be required to obtain this whilst completing AS level. Law students are also asked to keep abreast of the current topical debates regarding the law, using newspapers and the media to keep an eye on the ever-changing world of Law. It is never too hard to find a news story about the law - it affects every aspect of our everyday life.


You will sit exams for each of the two modules giving you the opportunity to gain an AS level in Law.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

The good news is that you do not have to want to be a lawyer to study Law. AS and A2 Law are excellent subjects for career progression and anyone wishing to go onto University reading any discipline. Law is a fascinating, yet challenging subject aiding you to develop your reading, discursive and analytical skills, as well as your research and evaluative skills. Many other subjects would go well with Law - English, Psychology, History or Sociology for example.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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