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Law A-level

Get an insight into the structure and working of the English legal system - the courts, the people who work in the system and the sources of law today - with A-level Law.

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, amd makes you aware of rights in society.

What do I 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.

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.

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.

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’
What do I gain?
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.

By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support including advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 but excluding PE, Dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need GCSE English Language at grade 5.
What do I gain?
With three A-levels you can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-level Law develops analytical skills and critical thinking, and these are skills which are highly transferable to other subjects at university. It also develops problem-solving skills through the application of legal rules.

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OXALM01D0 Full-time Oxford City Centre

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Fees

Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Sunday 21 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎1,987.00
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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