Law provides the perfect introduction to the subject for any student who wishes to study it at degree level or work in the legal sector. Alternatively, it is a good A Level choice for any student simply interested in finding out more about the society we live in. You will learn how laws are made, what decisions the courts make and the difference between the various types of legal personnel eg. barristers, solicitors and legal executives. Most of your study will be focussed on three substantive areas of law, namely, criminal law, tort law and contract law. Students will study these topics through the analysis of real-life case studies and the analysis of statute law.
Law complements many other A Level subjects, particularly those of English, politics, history, psychology, sociology and business. Law allows students to develop academic skills including analysis and evaluation, and to make an informed decision about future careers. Students interested in becoming solicitors, barristers or legal executives would be aptly suited to the study of law; but so too would those interested in careers in academia, criminology, business, politics, government, business and/or economics.
ACTIVITY SHEET – Click to download activities designed to give you a deeper understanding of the subject.
ANSWERS – How did you do?
You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including English.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
Many students go on to study law or law-related degrees at university, as well as degrees in other subjects. A Level law is well respected as a qualification by employers. Some students go on to become legal apprentices straight after A Levels and it is a good basis, along with other A Levels, for finding employment in a wide range of careers.
Studying law allows me to learn about current and past issues with the judiciary. I thoroughly enjoy the lessons and look forward to furthering my education by studying law at university.
A Levels (English Language, English literature & Law)