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Law is suited to students who are interested in a combination of careers in law, management, business and a host of other areas. The course investigates three substantive areas in law: Criminal law, The Law of Tort and the law of Contract. The course also investigates key areas in the nature of law and the English legal system as well as some elements of Human rights law, giving the student a complete picture of how justice is administered in England and Wales. Students will develop problem solving skills which will be applied to practical situations. The course is suited to students with enquiring minds and a willingness to work and study independently.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in Law with a variety of industry experience
  • Guest speakers from a range of legal backgrounds including past students.
  • Trips to Birmingham Law Courts;
  • Opportunity to take part in the national Bar Mock Trial competition.

In the first year you will study:

  • A basic understanding between legal rules and principles
  • An understanding of the differences between criminal law and other sources of law
  • The role that law plays in society
  • The effect of law on people’s rights dealing with competing interests
  • The meaning and importance of ‘fault’ in both civil and criminal law
  • Rules and principles of criminal law: including the nature of criminal liability, offences against the person, property offences and attempt

In the second year you will study:

  • An overview of the basic rules of tort
  • Application of the principles of tort to negligence
  • Occupiers liability
  • Vicarious liability
  • The rules regarding compensatory damages
  • Application of rules and principles to the law of contract
  • Consumer rights – with application to the Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Exclusion clauses and remedies for breach of contract


What will I be taught? 

This course is taught around a flipped learning approach, students make use of materials on the college Moodle site to research topics before they are delivered in class. This prior research is then assessed in class and activities follow which allow learners to explore the content in more detail and apply them to legal problems. In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Teacher led discussion end explanation of key concepts
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essay based assessments
  • Interactive online quizzes
  • group work

Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Former students of this college have gone on to study Law at university, qualifying as barristers and solicitors. Other student have gone on to study on a number of business and management related courses with a strong law bias. Many have gone on to careers in human resources, retail management, business development and property development.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in English Language
4 in Maths

Not essential but it will help your success…

An interest in current affairs-particularly the role that the law plays in topical issues.  It is a problem-solving subject where the law is applied to real-life situations.

Pairs well with Government and Politics, Sociology and Criminology.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


100% exam

3 exams:

  • Criminal Law including Elements of the English Legal System 33.33%
  • The law of Tort including elements of the English Legal System 33.33%
  • Contract law  including elements of the English Legal System 33.33%

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