What does the course involve?

The legal system, law making, the nature of law, criminal law, the law of tort and the law of contract. You’ll develop a range of skills including the application of legal rules and principles to present an argument, analysis and evaluation of the law, legal issues and concepts. You’ll also take part in the Bar Mock Trial Competition at Birmingham Crown Court in front of real judges, and assisted by your teachers and professional barristers, immersing you in the thrill of a criminal trial. In-class activities focus on discussion, debates, role-plays and student research.

A Level Law allows students to learn about a fascinating subject, one which covers many aspects of life.

Students of A Level Law will:

  • Develop an understanding of law and how it works
  • Learn more about society from a legal perspective- both contemporary and historical
  • Learn about the interaction between law and morals, justice and society
  • Learn about different areas of law e.g. criminal law, human rights, contract and tort
  • Make connections with business, economics, history, politics and technology
  • Develop academic skills, including analysis and evaluation
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future career
  • A Level Law allows students to learn about a fascinating subject, one which covers many aspects of life.

Course Outline

Teaching methods vary depending on the topic but students are always encouraged to be hands-on and independent in their learning.  Pre-reading of a topic at home is the starting point then in-class activities focus on discussion, debates, role-plays and student research.  Course books are available and students are encouraged to read these in their own time and also to keep up to date with current affairs.

Course Components
Three main themes of study over two years:
Component 1 – The Legal System and Criminal Law
Component 2 – Law Making and The Law of Tort
Component 3 – The Nature of Law and The Law of Contract

Your work will be assessed regularly throughout the course via directed study, class tests and major assessments at key times throughout the year.

At the end of 2 years:
3 exam papers – 2 hours each
Each exam contains questions on year 1 and year 2 work

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths, and at least two at grade 6, including English Language. Another essay-based subject will also be considered.


This course will allow you to progress to University to study Law further. Career options include Barrister, Solicitor, Paralegal, Detective and many other options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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