Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


Explore the relationship between law, society and the individual. This course is excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses and careers. You will study both the theory and application of Criminal Law. You will become an independent learner developing analytical, problem solving and communication skills.

What you will study

  • The English legal system looking at how law is made, who can make law and how judges interpret statutes.
  • The role of legal personnel including barristers and solicitors as well as the role lay people have in the law (i.e. juries and magistrates).
  • The theory and application of criminal law looking at the fatal, non-fatal and property offences as well as capacity and necessity defences.
  • Tort law studying liability in negligence for injury to people and damage to property, occupiers’ liability, vicarious liability and you will consider any defences.
  • The law of contract.


Three examinations at the end of year two on:

  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Law
  • Contract Law

Each paper includes a section on the English legal system. Students need good analytical skills and the ability to write detailed essays.

Course Support

  • A range of support materials to simplify difficult concepts and extend your learning
  • Regular tutorials
  • A Law department VLE site
  • Regular assessments and feedback
  • ‘Stretch and Challenge’ activities for our more able learners.

Enrichment Activities

  • Trips in the UK and abroad including London and New York
  • Annual Mock Trial Competition at Manchester Crown Court
  • University links and talks from visiting speakers
  • Vocational Programme (A 3-5 day placement at a Solicitor’s firm or Barristers’ Chambers


Law develops the ability to substantiate arguments with an enquiring and critical mind. This provides an excellent background for university and careers not only in law, but also in journalism, local and central government, public relations, teaching, and a range of management and business areas. Over half of our students go on to study for a degree in Law. Many of them study Law at the top universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

Career Opportunities

Law at Carmel provides an excellent background for careers not only in law, but also in journalism, local and central government, public relations, teaching, and a range of management and business areas.

Further Information

A Level Law course lealet

Exam board course specification

Law students take part in pupillage at Atlantic Chambers

Law student attends Corporate Networking Event

Law students meet with a QC!

What Our Students Say

Law is a subject that cultivates analytical thinking and explores a system that establishes the moral underpinning of society; there is a universal interest as it impacts us all. I attend Law Society, which is an enrichment group to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of law.

After I leave Carmel, I hope to attend University to study a Law degree. I would then like to branch into a legal career either involving Corporate Law or Human Rights Law.

Isabella Sanderson