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Course overview

Law is a subject which impacts on us all at some point in our lives, and is always in the news. Taking an A level in law will foster your interest in how law affects our lives and how laws are made, as well as introducing you to the main principles of the English legal system. You will need to have an enquiring mind and the ability to see both sides of an argument and be able to explain your ideas verbally and equally well in writing.

A keen attention to detail, and the ability to read and assimilate large amounts of information, is also essential. Being able to work independently and feeling confident enough to ask questions to check your understanding are key attributes of a good law student. Studying law will help you to develop your analytical and evaluative skills, whilst improving your communication skills through classroom discussions and group work.

What will I study?

 You will study the English legal system, law making and areas of both private and public law in England and Wales. Through the study of criminal law, the law of tort and contract law, you will learn, develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and offer answers to legal problems, and construct and communicate legal arguments.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • We visit courts in Birmingham to watch legal cases in action
  • Participation in the national bar mock trial competition
  • Speakers from the legal system deliver information sessions for law students

What can it lead to?

Our students go on to study a wide variety of degrees including the LLB and other law-related degrees. Some choose alternative pathways by becoming paralegals, legal apprentices or training to become legal executives.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature.

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