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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The impact of the law can be seen all around us in our daily lives, from headline-grabbing crimes and problem neighbours to the day-to-day issues of buying and selling goods.  A knowledge of the law is therefore both helpful and interesting, and can provide you with excellent career prospects.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

Course Content

Component 1: The Legal System and Criminal Law (LAW01)

For this unit, students will learn about how the legal system works and it introduces the concept of liability in criminal law. Students will develop an understanding of the various procedures that need to be followed when determining whether a defendant is ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ as well as studying the court hierarchy and identifying which court would be most appropriate for each case.

Component 2: Law-Making and the Law of Tort (LAW02)

This unit covers the process by which laws are made as well as exploring how laws can be breached. Students will develop an understanding of how Parliament makes laws and how laws are applied by judges in court. In addition to this, students will analyse the factors that a judge considers when determining whether a civil law has been breached and, if so, what remedies are available to the claimant.

Component 3: The Nature of Law and the Law of Contract (LAW03)

This component will enable students to extend their study of law further. Students will explore and consider in more detail the nature of law by distinguishing between law and morality and evaluating controversial issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Additionally, students will develop their legal knowledge through the study of contract law and will examine the formation and enforcement of contacts as well as how contracts can be revoked.

All the modules consist of applying your learning to scenarios and will help develop your problem-solving skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% by examination at the end of the second year of study.

LAW01: The Legal System and Criminal Law (2 hours)

LAW02: Law-Making and the Law of Tort (2 hours)

LAW03: The Nature of Law and the Law of Contract (2 hours)

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Law is an extremely useful qualification for entry to higher education to study a wide range of subjects.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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