The course covers the working of the English legal system and includes the courts and personnel as well as the roles played by Parliament and Europe in creating laws. Modules include law making, dispute solving, the roles within the legal system and criminal law. This is an area of study new to most students, so no previous knowledge is necessary.

What skills will I develop?

You will become a critical consumer of information and learn how to express your point of view in a clear and concise manner. 

You will improve your debating skills and develop the capacity to support a point of view with reference to evidence. 

Later units will allow you to develop independent legal research skills, including use of legal databases, journals and case material. 

Study skills and exam preparation will also be addressed. 

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: The English Legal System (2 hours - 30%)

  • Section A: At least two essay questions
  • Section B: At least one application question

Component 2 - Examination: Sources of Law (1 hour - 20%)

  • Section A: Two source-based questions

Component 3 - Examination: Criminal Law (2 hours - 30%)

  • Section A: One essay question
  • Section B: One problem question
  • Section C: One dilemma board question

Component 4 - Examination: Criminal Law Special Study (1 hour, 30 minutes - 25%)

  • Section A: Three source questions based on a pre-released study booklet

Where does the course lead?

Whether you intend to pursue a career in law or have a passing interest, the pervasiveness of law means that it is a highly valued area of education for all careers.  The discipline and approach developed during the study of law will prepare you for a large variety of careers.  These might include finance, commerce, journalism, politics, civil service, local government, business management, academia and of course, the law.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Liz Bentley-Pattison

Entry Requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+) including at least a grade 4 in English Language.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%