Course Overview

A robust legal system is the foundation of a fair society

If you feel strongly about concepts like justice and equality then this course could be rewarding for you.

You might see yourself in a career involving the criminal or civil justice system. Alternatively you might want to choose law because it is a fascinating course which will help you to develop transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation and problem solving.

As you progress, you will learn about sources of law such as judicial precedent and legislation and about the operation of criminal law, including non-fatal offences against the person and those which are fatal such as murder and manslaughter. In addition, you will develop an understanding of tort and contract law. You will be able to apply your knowledge to fictional scenarios and thus decide whether a person would be guilty or liable in a ‘real – life’ situation.

The course is mainly classroom based although you will have the opportunity to see the law in action through a visit to a court. You will create and deliver presentations, and work in pairs and teams to resolve problems, thus enriching the taught input.

The course is assessed through three two-hour external written examinations in June of year 13, which will include problem-solving scenario-based questions along with other essay questions.

Many former students have gone on to a range of careers including the police, social work, local government, the civil service, accountancy, insurance, business, banking, and teaching. Many have entered the legal profession as solicitors or barristers following a degree in Law. It is a very popular subject and at English Martyrs the results are above the national average.

Entry Requirements

The course is academically demanding as students must be able to construct high quality essays in which they apply and critically evaluate legal rules and concepts.
Students will require at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above which must include English Language.