The qualification is suited to learners who want to cover similar areas of law that are covered on the A-level course but in a vocational context. As a result you will still cover the main areas of law; civil and criminal, plus how laws are made, and the legal personnel you will find working within the English legal system. However, rather than a course which is 100% exam based with all the assessments at the end of two years, you will complete four Units – two in each year, with one a coursework Unit and the other an exam based Unit. The coursework element of the course helps prepare students for studying at university as it is a chance to enhance and develop research skills and work more independently away from the classroom.
To be successful on the course you will need good communication skills and be able to work well to deadlines and be able to organise your time effectively. This qualification is equivalent to 1 A Level.
This course is delivered over two years and consists of three mandatory and one specialist unit:
- Unit 1 - the mandatory units provide learners with an introduction to Dispute Solving in the Legal System
- Unit 2 - Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System
- Unit 3 - Applying the Law
- Unit 6 - the specialist unit allows the student to understand the rules of Contract Law
Students will learn through a variety of teaching methods with teacher-led lessons. Students will produce individual projects and assignments involving research which students will be expected to work on their own account. Homework is a regular feature.
A minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade A* - C or 4 - 9 including English Language, and a minimum of a grade D or 3 in Maths.
Students can progress on to higher education, or into employment.
What does the course combine well with?
Public Services or any other Level 3 subjects.