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, and makes you aware of rights in society.
This subject can be studied as part of the business or social sciences A Level pathway at Reading College.
What you'll 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
- EU Law
- 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.
How you'll learn and be assessed
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.
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.
By the end of the course, you will have benefited from individual support, including advice about higher education and careers.
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.
For this subject, you will need GCSE English literature or GCSE English language at grade 5.