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Law A Level at Reading College

Course description

This course can help develop your understanding of how laws are made, how the British legal system works and how it affects the individual. You will gain a greater understanding of legal principles, and a critical awareness of how the law operates and its role in society. 

You will learn about a range of legal areas from our experienced staff in our well-equipped classrooms. Studying Law provides you with easily transferable skills for future study and employment.

This course can be studied as part of the Business, Communication or Social Science Pathway.

Course content

You will learn how the legal system works and how it affects the individual. By the end of the course you will have developed knowledge and understanding of legal principles, sources of law, the machinery of justice and legal personnel. 

Your study will include the following: 
• unit 1: the English legal system
• unit 2: sources of law
• unit 3: criminal law
• unit 4: criminal law (special paper study).

Your Law AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. As part of your studies you will visit various legal institutions such as Crown Courts, the Old Bailey and Westminster. 

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grades A* to C including English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.


There is no formal coursework assessment on this course but you will undergo a number of timed assessments.

Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

You could progress to a degree course in Law or other subjects such as Criminology. It could also help with progression in a number of legal-related careers including the police force and probation service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.