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Law AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

If you like arguing your case then this is the course for you.  The skill you will certainly acquire is the ability to communicate and, therefore, to present your arguments in a logical and sustained manner.  Law combines well with virtually any other AS/A level subject.  Please also see the ‘careers opportunities’ section below.

Course content

In year one the course focuses in detail on the English Legal System and Sources of Law.  For example: police powers, the court system, the roles of solicitors, barristers and jurors and the origins of English law.

The A2 year is concerned with Criminal Law:  the range of offences, criminal liability, Law of Contract and Law of Torts.

This course is a serious test of your ability to understand and use the specialist terminology and style of English adopted in Law.  You will be assessed on your ability to take a case to pieces, point by point.  This is why we require a B grade in English Language GCSE for this subject.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


The course is assessed by written examination, there is no coursework.

Future opportunities

You will visit the local Law Courts and there will be talks from the police and practicing lawyers. You will also have an opportunity to take part in the Department’s overseas residential trip.  Previous venues have included Strasbourg, Krakow, Rome, Auschwitz, New York and Iceland.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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