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For students who are interested in criminal behaviour, criminal sanctions and civil liberties, this course develops the skills to understand and evaluate our English legal system. The course will help you to understand the changing nature of law and the interaction between law, society, technology, morals and justice.

Law complements most A Level subjects but students often combine it with History, Psychology, Business Studies, Philosophy, Modern Languages or English.

Special Features

You will have opportunities to visit Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, including the Old Bailey in London. You may be able to tour Parliament and even attend PM’s question time. You can develop your skills in Mock Trial and Youth Parliament competitions. Model United Nations Conferences introduce you to students from other countries.

Entry requirements

Please refer to The John of Gaunt entry requirements.


A two year A Level course


By following this link, you can see the specification on the exam board website:

The exams focus on knowledge and understanding, applying legal rules and principles, and analysis and evaluation.









English Legal System

Criminal Law


33% of the total GCE.

100 marks

25 marks for the English Legal System

75 marks for Criminal Law

2 hour written paper

Short questions, a legal scenario and extended response questions.

An introduction to the English Legal System including the civil and criminal courts, sentencing, the legal profession, judges, magistrates, juries and legal services.


An introduction to Criminal Law including the principles of criminal liability, murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences, theft, robbery and burglary and the general defences.




Law Making


The Law of Tort

33% of the total GCE

100 marks

25 marks for Law Making

75 marks for Tort

2 hour written paper.

Short questions, a legal scenario and extended response questions

Law Making including law making methods, the concepts underlying them and reasoning as used by lawyers and judges.


Tort including the rules of tort, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and remedies.



The Nature of Law

Human Rights Law


33% of the total GCE

100 marks

25 marks for The Nature of Law

75 marks for Human Rights Law

2 hour written paper.

A choice of extended response questions and a legal scenario.

The Nature of Law focuses on law in a wider context and develops understanding of how law interacts with society, technology, morality and justice.


Human Rights Law focuses on human rights under UK law, the restrictions on them and the process of enforcement through the courts

 Moving on

If you wish to study Law, Law with a modern language, Criminology, Business or any other social science, this course will give you a real advantage. Many of our ex-students are now studying Law at degree level or have moved on to train as Solicitors or Barristers. Some have spent a year in Europe or the United States as part of their degree course.