When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to understand the legal system? Would you like a challenging career in law? This course enables you to study major aspects of the English legal system, examining their structure and operation. You will also learn about selected areas of substantive law and its defining features.

The course is designed to give you a good background in law and develop your understanding of its operation in society. This will prepare you for Higher Education study, as well as for a rewarding career.

Law is a well-regarded subject, and will be valuable in a wide range of contexts. It is also a dynamic and fascinating subject with a huge impact on many aspects of our lives.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English or Welsh (1st language) (Grade B preferred)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment). 

Assessment:

This course is assessed through a range of activities which can include:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation. 

There will be two formal external exams at the end of first and second years.

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions.

If you choose to continue your studies in a related subject, you will be able to progress onto a university course in Law or a professional course in this area.

Eventual career options would include working as a lawyer, or in another professional role within a range of contexts, including the courts, the criminal justice system, and business sector.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Bangor

    You will be encouraged to develop the ability to build an understanding and communicate legal arguments, and build and understanding of legal method and reasoning. This course has a critical and analytical approach to the law of England and Wales.

    Unit information

    AS Law covers various aspects of the Legal System of England and Wales.

    Legal system topics for AS level include the courts and alternative methods of dealing with disputes; police powers; the jury system; sentencing of offenders; judges and magistrates; the legal profession; funding of legal services. Also of great importance are the sources of law: Acts of Parliament and legislation by other organisations; case law; European law; law reform.

    A Level Law requires completion of AS, plus, at what is known as the A2 stage:

    Criminal law at the A2 stage includes study of the general principles of criminal liability: ‘actus reus' (the physical element of a crime), ‘mens rea' (the mental element of a crime); strict liability (liability without fault); and defences including insanity, duress and intoxication. Several specific offences are also studied – murder, manslaughter, assaults of varying seriousness, theft, burglary, robbery, criminal damage – together with attempted crimes.

  • Dolgellau

    This course enables you to study major aspects of the English legal system, examining their structure and operation. You will also learn about selected areas of substantive law and its defining features.

    The course is designed to give you a good background in law and develop your understanding of its operation in society. This will prepare you for Higher Education study, as well as for a rewarding career. Law is a highly regarded subject, and will be valuable in a wide range of contexts. It is also a dynamic and fascinating subject with a huge impact on many aspects of our lives.

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. Law combines well with a variety of subject, and our staff will be happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis for mature students.

    Unit information

    The course covers a range of important topics, and will help you understand more about law and the legal system in Wales and England. You will also learn about the effect of the European Union on these national frameworks. You will be encouraged to evaluate good and bad aspects of our legal system, as well as appreciating the effects of law on your everyday life.

    Year 1 (AS) - Legal Structures and Processes - Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods

    Year 2 (A2) - Substantive Law - Law in Context. 

  • Pwllheli

    This course enables you to study major aspects of the English legal system, examining their structure and operation. You will also learn about selected areas of substantive law and its defining features.

    The course is designed to give you a good background in law and develop your understanding of its operation in society. This will prepare you for Higher Education study, as well as for a rewarding career. Law is a highly regarded subject, and will be valuable in a wide range of contexts. It is also a dynamic and fascinating subject with a huge impact on many aspects of our lives.

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. Law combines well with a variety of subject, and our staff will be happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis for mature students.

    Unit information

    The course covers a range of important topics, and will help you understand more about law and the legal system in Wales and England. You will also learn about the effect of the European Union on these national frameworks. You will be encouraged to evaluate good and bad aspects of our legal system, as well as appreciating the effects of law on your everyday life.

    Year 1 (AS) - Legal Structures and Processes - Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods

    Year 2 (A2) - Substantive Law - Law in Context. 

  • Rhyl

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. Law combines well with a variety of subjects, and our staff will be happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

    Unit information

    The course covers a range of important topics, and will help you understand more about law and the legal system in Wales and England. You will learn how laws are made, how legal disputes are solved and how consumer law functions, alongside other topics. You will be encouraged to evaluate good and bad aspects of our legal system, as well as appreciating the effects of law on your everyday life.

    Year 1 (AS)

    • Dispute Solving
    • Concepts of Liability
    • Law Making

    Year 2 (A2)

    • Criminal Law
    • Consumer Law
    • Synoptic Module
    • Additional qualifications

    Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications.