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Law A-Level Pathway



National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Applied Law


English Literature

English Language


Business Studies



Diploma in Criminology

These are just some of the recommended subjects, but other combinations are also available.

Additional Study Skills


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)is a largely self-directed research project into a topic of the student’s choice. You will develop your study skills as you plan, research and develop your idea, creating either a research assignment, a product or an activity (e.g.,an event)as your final piece. The EPQ may also count towards UCAS points.

Core Maths

Core Maths is an exciting course which will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future care and life.

This one-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in the future.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Work experience examples (skills, sector, employers) Local law firms, Citizens Advice Bureau and other charities that support people both community-based and wider. Several Derby City courts are open to the public so you can observe proceedings. Plus consider large companies that invest in law departments or other roles that use the skills or cover the occupational areas of law.

Internal and External opportunities:

Debating Societies
Societies and Clubs-taking roles that involve responsibilities and trust
Summer Schools, such as the Sutton Trust
University Taster Days andInsight Schemes
Opportunities and work experience schemes/training aimed at Year 12 with employers

Skills built from studying these subjects:

These are just some examples ….

  • Research Skills
  • Evaluation Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Reasoning and Critical Judgement Skills
  • The Ability to Formulate Sound Arguments
  • Lateral Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
  • The Ability to Write Concisely
  • Confident and Persuasive Oral
  • Communication Skills

Example Career Pathways

These are just some examples


Court Legal Adviser
Crown Prosecutor
Legal Executive
Private Investigator
Probation Officer


Chartered Secretary
Civil Service Fast Stream
Construction and Engineering
Investment Banking
Tax Consultant
Management Consultant


Advice Worker
Border Force Officer
Chartered Accountant
Civil Service Administrator
Data Analyst
Data Scientist
External Auditor
Forensic Computer Analyst
Human Resources Officer
Patent Attorney
Political Risk Analyst

Specialist Careers Information

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These are the careers most associated with the subject expertise, however there are many more roles where the study of this subject will be of use.

Next Steps

There are 4 main routes from A level. If you are considering Higher Education, you can opt to take a Law Degree,ora non-LawDegree followed by the Law conversion course. Apprenticeships are split into two main areas: the solicitor and paralegal route. Investment in research is key as Law is undergoing significant change to formal qualifications.


  • Law
  • Joint Degrees, i.e., Law andBusiness Management
  • Policing
  • Humanities

Specialist University Information

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  • Commercial Insurance Handler
  • Apprentice Case Administrators (probate)
  • Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship

Specialist Apprenticeship Information

How to apply and find out more about college courses: