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Law at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

Do criminals escape justice? When can you use self-defence? Should the death penalty be re-introduced? If you find money can you keep it? Are judges too lenient in sentencing the guilty? What do solicitors and barristers do? Should the law concerning murder be reformed? How can I claim compensation if I am injured?

Law is a vital part of our society and affects all our lives. In some form or other it is always in the news. If you are interested in finding answers to these questions and developing your knowledge and analytical skills then Law is the choice for you.

Course content

You will explore and analyse a wide range of issues and problems gaining a thorough understanding of how the legal system works which will include how law is made, judges’ roles in interpreting it and in punishing those responsible for breaking it.

You will gain a detailed knowledge of specific areas of English Law, through which you will be able to determine if someone is guilty of a crime such as murder or liable for causing harm by being careless, as in the law of negligence. You will also consider broader issues such as whether the law does and should, reflect morality and how the law represents blameworthiness.

The AS units will be:

  • Law Making and The Legal System - parliamentary law making; the application of law by the courts; judges as law makers; the criminal courts and the people who work within them – juries and magistrates.
  • The Concept of Liability - underlying principles of criminal liability; non fatal offences against the person; the criminal courts: procedure and sentencing; liability in negligence; the civil courts: procedure and damages.

The A2 units will be:

  • Criminal Law (Offences against the person) - murder; voluntary manslaughter; involuntary manslaughter; non-fatal offences; defences; evaluation.
  • Criminal Law (Offences against property) and Concepts of Law - theft and robbery; burglary; blackmail; fraud; making off without payment; criminal damage; arson; defences; law and morals; justice; fault.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a grade C in English Language, although experience shows that your chances of success in this subject are greater if you have a grade B in English Language or Literature, or another essay based subject (e.g. History).
  • We expect you to enjoy reading and have strong essay writing, research skills and most importantly an enquiring mind, enthusiasm and a willingness to keep up with current affairs.


The course is assessed by four written exams, over the course of two years - two exams at the end of the AS year and a further two exams at the end of the A2 year.  Each exam contributes 25% towards the A level.

Future opportunities

Law is an excellent qualification for a wide range of university courses, most notably Law itself. All students who have studied Law at A level and who continue Law to degree level, report that they are at a distinct advantage having studied Law previously. Universities now see the benefits of prospective students having studied Law at A level.

As well as being an excellent preparation for Higher Education, Law is useful for those considering a career in the Civil Service, banking, media, the Police, local government, accountancy and of course the legal profession.

Further information

What other subjects can I take with Law?

Law complements most subjects particularly History, Government and Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Citizenship. Students of Maths, Science and Languages particularly, find Law useful and interesting as it provides a balance and breadth to their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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