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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, self-defence, 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?

Sophie King

Studied: Law, Psychology, English Language + AS Politics & Anthropology (2012-2014)

Progression: Law at University of Sussex

Sophie took a gap year to go travelling and during that time visited Thailand and New Zealand and then lived and worked in Australia for 8 months. After her gap year she studied Law at the University of Sussex and graduated in 2018. She has recently landed a job with Sussex Police and began her 15 weeks training in Spring 2019, after which she will be posted into the Brighton and Hove division to pursue her career as a Police Constable. She then plans to work her way up before hopefully becoming a Detective Constable.

Sophie says: "Enjoy your time at college as it allows you to figure out who you are and what path you want to take. Fully delve into all your subjects as you may be surprised which ones you end up pursuing in the long run."

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
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/business related careers and other work including: journalism, 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 really help develop understanding and this year students were involved in a Human Rights Symposium in London and worked with the Lawyer portal to develop understanding of the profession. There was also an opportunity to consider Human Rights in Amsterdam and The Hague. Next year a trip to New York is planned to explore international human rights.
Enquiries To
Jo Hambleton: jlh@varndean.ac.uk