• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyOCR


In studying A Level law you will learn how and why law is made and how the English legal system operates. You will take an in depth look at criminal law, considering a number of different offences, some defences, contract law and tort law. As well as learning what the law is and how it is put into practice studying law also develops good problem solving skills and helps you to think and write logically and methodically.

In first year you will learn about the courts, people involved in the legal system such as juries and magistrates. You will also study how laws are made and interpreted by judges and the basics of criminal law and procedure, the law of negligence, the basis of all accident claims, and the procedure in such cases.

In second year you will learn about a number of criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter, robbery and theft, some defences such as self defence, intoxication and insanity. You will also look at the relationship between the law and concepts such as morality and justice. You will also learn what makes a binding contract and what can be done if a contract is broken. You will study tort law in detail and find out what action you can take to recover compensation if you are harmed by someone else's actions.

Many students study law with subjects such as psychology, sociology, English and history but as a subject involving problem solving it is equally at home with science subjects such as maths and physics.

Course Information

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The course starts with an introduction to the English legal system which involves looking at the court system, how law is made and how judges develop and give meaning to the law. You will also study the work of barristers and solicitors as well as the role lay people have in the law as magistrates and members of juries.

You will study criminal law which will involve looking at the fatal offences of murder and manslaughter and the non-fatal offences of assault, battery, ABH, GBH and GBH with intent. You will also look at property offences such as theft, robbery and burglary as well as defences including insanity, intoxication and self-defence.

A ‘tort’ is a civil wrong and in studying tort law you will look at how people may be held liable in negligence for causing injury to other people and damage to property, and the defences they may have to such claims. You will also study contract law and consider what makes a binding contract and what can be done if a contract is broken.

Finally, you will explore the nature of law and its relationship with concepts such as morality and justice.

September - June

Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English and maths at grade 5 or above.

Assessment is by examination at the end of the course.

There is no coursework.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto our foundation degree in Social and Public Sector Studies and then completed the BA (Hons) Social and Public Sector Development degree. After completing the degree you will be well equipped to pursue a career in the Civil Service, Police force, public service, housing advice, management, community worker, probation officer and youth work.

Past students have progressed onto our Cert. Ed: Education and Training qualification which is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. After completing this course students have progressed onto our BA (Hons) Education course.

A Level law provides an excellent framework for careers not only in law, but also in the police, journalism, social work, local and central government, and a range of management and business areas.

The knowledge that you will gain and the communication and problem solving skills that you will develop are also excellent preparation for studying law and other courses at university.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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