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Law A Level

Have you ever wondered...

  • why is a life sentence not really "life"?
  • what is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
  • can the press print whatever they like about a person's private life?
  • how do people become solicitors or barristers and what's the difference?

In Law, you will learn about how the law and the court system work and how they interact with society.

The law is reason, free from passion.


Year One

You will focus on how the English legal system works and how law is made.

This is followed by the study of Law in Action which uses examples of everyday problems, allowing you to apply cases and legal reasoning.

You will also learn about criminal law through the study of non-fatal offences and about the civil law through the study of the Law of Negligence.

Year Two

In the second year you will build upon the knowledge from the first year, examining in depth crimes of murder and theft, as well as possible defences such as self defence, insanity and further torts such as nuisance.

You will also debate the effectiveness of the law, for example whether justice is achieved for victims and should law reflect morals?

The final component of the course includes a study of human rights, exploring their constitutional position in the law and how they are enforced.

Students run a mooting group to practise case argument and advocacy skills and local law firms come in to College to help run mock trials, with a local District Judge to oversee proceedings.


We offer a range of trips including:

  • The Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Crown Court in Birmingham or Cardiff.

What can you do after the course?

Many students go on to specialist law courses.

Law is also a good foundation for any higher education course because of the analytical skills it teaches you, as well as the way it develops your writing skills.

Law provides an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers, including the police, social work, journalism, criminal psychology, the armed forces and business.

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.


Winnie talks about studying Law

Students experience a moot in the University of Worcester's own court room