Law has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.



Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS

88%Pass rate A*-C

The course attracts students of many different kinds.  Some are looking toward a legal career, but the law affects everyone and many students take the course just out of interest.

Component 1

The English legal system - civil and criminal process, legal personnel, judiciary

Sources of law- Precedent, statutory interpretation, Delegated legislation

Component 2

Tort law


WJEC  Second Year

Component 3

Tort, human rights, criminal law applied paper



Methods of Teaching and Learning

Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, discussions in large and small groups, moots (mock trials), and occasional presentations; there are also opportunities to visit the courts and hear from guest speakers. You will be provided with detailed workbooks for all topics, where all your notes are written and essay plans are created. You are expected to do some background reading, to make your own detailed notes and to write essay answers to past exam questions.

Methods of Assessment

Law can be taken with any combination of subjects.

This is a 100% essay based exam course, with no coursework element

  • Component 1 is 1.5 hours long:

Section A has 2 short questions and then you will choose between 2 scenarios

Section B will be a choice between 2 essay questions (each question will be split into part A and part B)

  • Component 2 /2 hours 15 / 3 senario questions 

You must answer 1 scenario question from a choice of 2 in each of the following areas of Law:

Human Rights, Tort and Criminal Law

  • Component 3 /2 hours 15 / 3 essays

You must answer 1 essay question from a choice of 2 in the following areas of Law:

Human Rights, Tort and Criminal Law



There is an online “E-Book” which you can access in college and a virtual learning environment on the internet. You will receive detailed workbooks on the various topics, covering every aspect of the work. The College Library is well stocked with relevant books. You are encouraged to use these and other internal and external resources.


Opportunities to visit Bristol Law Courts and a law library to learn how to research law. Guest speakers from international law firms and barristers chambers often visit, and the college is invited to participate in mock trials at the University of the West of England on their “Street Law” programme.

Additional Costs 

There are no specific charges payable in connection with this course, except for any optional visits you may wish to take part in.


The course leads to an A-level Law qualification (WJEC 3251) after two years.

A-level Law is not required for entry to Law degree courses or the legal profession, but it is accepted (with other appropriate subjects) for entry to degree courses in Law and nearly all other courses of higher education. 

Students wishing to study Law at university will not be disadvantaged by studying A-level Law. The course helps them prepare for the LNat test and develops your legal skills

It is also a useful qualification for anyone looking for employment as a legal executive, legal secretary, police officer, journalist, social worker, civil servant, forensic scientist, accountant or tax adviser.