Theory and application of Criminal Law

Law plays a vital role in society. The law helps define a society’s values and also provides a means to solve problems and disputes without resorting to violence. A Level Law enables you to further explore the relationship between Law, Society and the Individual.

When you begin A Level Law you will be introduced to the English Legal System as a whole. This will involve looking at how Law is made, who can make Law and how Judges interpret Statutes. Here you will also study 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).

You will study both the theory and application of Criminal Law. This will involve looking at the fatal offences of murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The course will also cover non-fatal offences of assault, battery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding and grievous bodily harm with intent. You will also look at property offences, including theft and robbery as well as the capacity defences of insanity and intoxication, the necessity defences of self-defence, duress, and duress of circumstances and the preliminary offences of attempt.

In Tort Law you will study liability in negligence for injury to people and damage to property. You will also cover occupiers’ liability, vicarious liability and you will consider any defences. In addition, you will look at the Law of Contract covering a person’s rights and remedies if a contract goes wrong.

Where will this course lead?

The course encourages you to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying rules and to develop the ability to communicate arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly. It will help you substantiate arguments and develop an enquiring and critical mind. As such, Law at Carmel 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.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

A Level Law Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

Law News

National Bar Mock Trial Competition

Law trip to London

What Our Students Say

Law at Carmel has confirmed my love for the subject, if not made me more determined to pursue it as a future career. The course definitely builds the stamina and perseverance I think are vital for studying and practicing law, but the tutors are so supportive and engage students so well that my time here has been thoroughly enjoyable. As part of Enrichment, the Law tutors guided our team to the Bar Mock Trials final at the Old Bailey. They have also been brilliant in helping me prepare for university interviews. I cannot recommend studying Law at Carmel enough. After Carmel I’m hoping to study Law at Cambridge.

Anna Begley

Anna Begley - A Level Law student