The law is fascinating; it regulates us in every aspect of our lives. Through studying law, you can learn to understand how and why the law affects you.

You will learn about law through a mixture of discussion, mock trials, debate and through visits to legal institutions. Regular speakers include a local barrister, solicitor and magistrates. The course aims to develop your ability to analyse and apply legal principles, construct legal arguments and draw appropriate conclusions. Throughout, critical evaluation of current legal issues will be high on the agenda.

YEAR 1
  • Murder, manslaughter – what’s the difference?
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Theft, robbery and burglary
  • Defences: intoxication, insanity, selfdefence, consent
  • Civil and Criminal courts
  • Work and training of solicitors and barristers
  • Role of jurors and magistrates
  • Parliamentary law making
  • Judges making the law
YEAR 2
  • Human Rights Law
  • History of the Human Rights Act
  • Impact of the Human Rights Act in the UK
  • How are Human Rights enforced.
  • The law of Tort
  • What’s the law in personal injury cases?
  • What’s the law on keeping your home safe for visitors?
  • What is justice?
  • Should judges make law?
  • What’s the difference between law and morality?

I have enjoyed learning about the different areas of law which I didn’t even know existed and it has introduced me to new ideas of how the world works. I want to pursue this as a career.

Samanda Mazreku ex Thomas Hardye School

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
A Level
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE English
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
100% exam – 3 papers, 2 hours each
CAREER PATHWAYS
A level Law is a sound foundation for a broad range of degree courses and law related careers and other work including: journalism, business, management, and politics.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Time management; handling complex information; constructing clear arguments; writing concisely; effective communication; problem-solving; confident working in teams and alone.
OTHER INFORMATION
Students also regularly visit court, including the Supreme Court and High Court in London. Field trips also help develop understanding. This year, students considered Human Rights in Amsterdam and The Hague. Next year, a trip to Paris and the U.N. in New York!
ENQUIRIES TO
Jo Hambleton: jlh@varndean.ac.uk