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What is Law?

The study of Law involves understanding the systems in place and the personnel involved in making the rules and regulations which guide the conduct and behaviour of society.
You will learn about the different types of Law, from Criminal Law to Civil Law, the differences between them and the types of punishments that you can receive for breaking the law.
Studying Law at A Level provides you with the ability to develop and apply legal rules to problems and construct reasoned arguments which are supported by legal authority. This makes it an A Level that can benefit all students, whether they wish to pursue a career in Law or not. However, it is an excellent opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like to study Law at university and provide a foundation for future learning to be built on.

What Will You Study?

Law at A Level covers a wide range of topics across the two years. It provides an opportunity to learn about the English legal system and law making, by looking at the civil and criminal courts and the people who are involved in the legal system, from the solicitors, barristers, judges and magistrates to the juries. It also covers the different types of laws, including how they are made and how they operate.
In Criminal Law, you will study offences against the person: common assault through to GBH, murder and manslaughter. You will also study offences against property: theft, robbery and burglary. In Tort Law, you will study liability in negligence, nuisance and vicarious liability, as well as occupier’s liability. In Contract Law, you will study the formation and terms of a contract, enforcement and remedies. Finally, you will learn about the nature of the law in a wider context, linking your knowledge from the course to morality, justice, society and technology.

What Next?

When combined with other written subjects, Law enables students to progress to university to read Law and with further qualifications, become a barrister or solicitor. Many of our students who have studied Law at Cardinal Newman have progressed to prestigious institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, London School of Economics, Lancaster and Leeds. Many students also go onto careers in the police, prison service, social services, civil service, journalism and teaching. It is also possible to complete A Level Law and go straight into work and apprenticeships, often in Law-related fields.

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Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature (if studied).

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

English Language, English Literature, History, Maths and Sciences.

Interesting Fact

Many of our students have gone on to have successful careers as solicitors and barristers throughout the UK.

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