Studying Law in post-16 education gives students an understanding of the role of Law in today's society and raises their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. By learning about legal rules and how and why they apply to real life, students will develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All these skills are highly sought after by higher education and employers.
Frequently asked questions
What are the main difference or similarities between the A Level law and the BTEC law course?
The main difference is the way in which the courses are assessed. The A Level course is assessed entirely at the end of the second year of the course with three 2 hour exams (1 exam for each unit). The BTEC course is assessed by a combination of exams and coursework which is divided over the two year course. In the first year, there will be a 90 minute exam for unit 1 in May and unit 2 will be assessed internally through written coursework. The second year of the BTEC course is similar to the first, with one unit assessed through written coursework and the final unit through a 2 hour exam in May. The overall grade for both the A Level and the BTEC is calculated with reference to all of the units.
The BTEC course is the equivalent of one A Level. It will attract equivalent UCAS (university entry points) points as the A Level. For example, the Distinction* grade is equivalent in points to an A* grade at A Level.
The two courses cover much of the same content with just a few differences. For example, the BTEC course includes the Police Powers topic which does not appear on the A Level. The A Level course includes Contract law which we do not cover on the BTEC. Finally, the BTEC course takes a more practical approach to the study of law (For example, writing letters to clients) whereas the A Level provides a more academic approach.
What are the entry requirements for the A Level and the BTEC Law courses?
The basic entry requirement is the same as for the sixth form. However, the A Level course will suit learners who have achieved mainly grades 5 & 6 or above in the GCSEs, whereas the BTEC course generally suits learners who have achieved mainly grades 4 & 5 in their GCSEs.
Can you give me an idea about the class sizes?
This academic year our Year 12 classes range in size from 17 to 30. Our Year 13 class sizes range in size from 12 to 18.