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Get an insight into the structure and working of the English legal system.

Many students study law because it provides links to a possible career path and offers a real intellectual challenge. Studying law develops analytical skills and critical thinking, develops problem-solving skills through the application of legal rules, and makes you aware of rights in society.

This subject can be studied as part of the business or social sciences A Level pathway at Reading College. 

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What I'll learn

The AS Law course (OCR) comprises two modules. 

The first module provides an introduction to the English legal system and criminal law. Topics studied include:

  • Criminal courts and laypeople
  • Civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • Legal personnel
  • Legal funding
  • Introduction to criminal law
  • Non-fatal offences

The second module provides an introduction to law making and the law of Tort. Topics studied include:

  • Parliamentary law making
  • Precedent
  • EU Law
  • Negligence
  • Occupiers liability

The A2 specification develops the knowledge and skills required at AS level. It involves the in-depth study of criminal law, contract law and tort. Additionally, within the second year, there is a synoptic element which involves the study of certain concepts of law, such as fault, conflicting interests, morality and justice.

 

How I'll learn

You acquire a range of relevant skills including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions and quantifying and managing information. 

You gain the skills necessary for further academic study - such as strong report writing - and study skills, including presentation skills. You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. 

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There will be a balance of challenge and support. You will play an active part in your learning and there will be a strong focus on your individual learning needs. 

By the end of the course, you will have benefited from individual support, including advice about higher education and careers.

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, which will enable you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

 

How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through examinations. The examinations take place in May/ June. There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class-based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. 

 

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language and maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering, or other subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need GCSE English language at grade 5 (or equivalent).

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.