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Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE and a grade 6 or above in English Language.

Law is a subject that will be new to most students coming into York College. It is a fascinating, stimulating and challenging course which will equip you with the skills of logic and reasoning, and also give you an understanding of the way in which the law influences aspects of everyday lives.


Two years.

What will I study?

Year 1

Law Making

Parliamentary law making (acts of Parliament), what influences parliamentary law making (media, public opinion, pressure groups and law reform bodies), how laws are reformed and how the courts interpret the meaning of Parliamentary law.

Delegated legislation (laws made by government departments, local authorities and by large corporations).

Judicial precedent (how judges make laws/rules in court cases)

The Legal System

Civil courts & Alternative Dispute Resolution; negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

Criminal courts & lay people working in the criminal courts (jurors and magistrates).

Legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and judges).

Access to justice (where to go for legal advice & representation).

Funding legal cases (no win no fee agreements, paying as a private client & state funding).

Criminal procedure (the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, bail, plea, trial procedure).

Sentencing (the aims of sentencing, aggravating and mitigating factors and adult sentences).

Introduction to Criminal Law

Basic principles of criminal law (elements of a crime).

Non-fatal offences against the person (assault, battery, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and wounding).

Introduction to Tort Law (civil liability- claims for compensation for loss and damage arising from another person).

The basic principles of negligence (who do you owe a duty of care to and what amounts to a breach of that duty of care) and occupier’s liability (the duty of care that occupiers/owners of property owe to visitors and trespassers).

Damages (the different types of compensation claimed, how it is calculated and paid).

Year 2

Criminal Law

An advanced study of non-fatal offences, fatal offences (murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter) attempted crimes, offences against property (theft robbery and burglary) plus a range of defences including insanity, automatism, intoxication, self-defence, consent, duress, necessity, loss of control and diminished responsibility.

Additional Tort law

Torts (wrong doing) against land, defences in the law of negligence.

Concepts of Law and Human Right (or contract law).

Students will also discover what the following concepts are:


The relationship between legal and moral rules
Law and society
Law and technology

In addition students will study a range of Human Rights laid down in both UK law and the European Convention of Human Rights, including the right to life, the right to a fair trial, the right to a private and family life etc.

Students will be examined on both their first and second years for the full A Level qualification. There is no course work in either AS or A Level Law.

How will I be assessed?

100 per cent exams. There are four separate papers, one on each module.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Law team offer a wide range of extra-curricular events:

  • Law Club
  • Visiting speakers from universities and the legal profession
  • Mock trials
  • Debating competitions
  • Debate Society
  • Trips
  • We take students to Nottingham to take part in a mock trial and do a tour of 300 years of crime and punishment

Preliminary reading

AS Law for AS by Jacqueline Martin (pub. Hodder 6th Edition). All students must purchase their own copy at the start of the course.

Pick up a newspaper and see how many articles contain or refer to the law. Follow interesting cases in the news and visit your local magistrate’s court with a parent or friend.

Good course combinations

This course works well with Politics, Sociology and English Language. However it also makes a stimulating fourth subject alongside any combination. Students interested in studying Law at university should consider taking Law as their fourth subject.

What could it lead to?

Many students are offered places at university to study law with the intention to go on to become barristers or solicitors. In recent years, we have had students go on to read law at Cambridge, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, York, Leicester, Warwick, Sheffield and Northumbria universities. Similarly, students go on to study subjects other than law at university. It is particularly useful for subjects like criminology, sociology, history and business-related degrees, as well as more diverse professions such as social work, the probation service, youth offending and nursing.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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