A-Level Law

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7839
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

Law is an exciting and challenging subject. Almost daily, law features in the national and international media. As a student of law you will learn a range of fascinating and ground breaking topics as well as develop key skills relevant to Legal practice. Students will have the opportunity to participate in mock trials and will be encouraged to join the College debating society in order to refine their practice. Having an A-Level in such a dynamic subject is sure to put students in good stead for future employment or university, therefore students who do not wish to pursue law at undergraduate level should not be discouraged from the subject as it is hugely complimentary to all other topics.

What will I study?

First year students will be introduced to the foundations of law. This will include an introduction to the English legal system, the running of the courts and the legal personnel involved such as the police, lawyers, juries and magistrates. Many students will not have studied law before and this is nothing to panic about as lecturers will not assume any prior knowledge of the subject.

In the second year students will look at criminal law. This involves the study of murder, manslaughter and non-fatal offences such as grievous bodily harm and common assault; as well as looking at property offences and defences such as diminished responsibility, insanity and duress. Students will have the opportunity to practice arguing these defences as part of a mock murder trial.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Law you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs).

How will I be assessed?

Students will be examined by way of final exams in the summer months. Exams tend to be of an essay or legal problem format. There is no coursework for this subject however your law lecturers will informally assess learning progress through both years of study.

What can I do next?

Many students who study the topic go on to University to study LLB (HONS) Law, BA (HONS) Criminology and Criminal Justice or BSc Psychology (all available at the University Centre Blackburn College)

Students from Blackburn College who have studied law have gone on to work in varied and exciting roles; not only do they include Solicitors and Barristers, but Police Officers and teachers. Studying this subject can lead to roles within Prison Service, Criminal Psychology, Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation. Other alternative routes include Political Governance, International relations and Classical study.

Your Study Programme

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For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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