Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

  • How does the English Legal System work?
  • What is the difference between Criminal and Civil Law?
  • How are laws made?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level subject option block. 
  • You must have an interest in and enthusiasm for studying Law as a subject and be prepared to read and research Law-based topics.
  • You want to develop an understanding of the Law as a changing body of rules that affects everyone in all aspects of their lives.
  • You want to develop your analytical ability and critical thinking skills.
  • You wish to develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions with reference to appropriate legal authority.
  • You will apply for Level 3 Law rather than specifying A Level or BTEC. The suitable mode of study for you, A level or BTEC, will be determined by the College following assessments made at the start of the course.


Where does it lead?

Many students go on to study Law in Higher Education or gain apprenticeships in the legal field, however, regardless of this, the qualification will help you to develop many transferable skills, for example reasoning, problem solving and analytical skills. You will also develop an understanding of the Law as a changing body of rules that affects you in all aspects of your life.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Dispute Solving

You will learn how the Criminal and Civil Courts operate in England and Wales and alternatives to going to court.

Law Making

You will examine the process by which both Parliament and the Courts develop the law.

Criminal Liability

You will examine non-fatal offences against the person and how those are sentenced in court.

Civil Liability

You will learn about the law of negligence and the remedies available.


Year 2


You will learn about the crimes of murder, manslaughter and explore criminal defences.

Property Offences

You will examine the crimes of theft, robbery, burglary, criminal damage etc.

Police Powers

You will learn about the police powers of stop and search, arrest and detention.

Family Law

You will explore the requirements of a valid marriage and civil partnership, the laws governing the breakdown of relationships as well as how disputes over children are resolved by the courts.


How will I be assessed?

50% of this course is assessed by exams and 50% through set assignments that you will submit at various points throughout the year.


What activities can I get Involved in?

You will have the opportunity to expand your learning beyond the classroom during visits to the Crown Courts and perhaps by participating in a Mock Trial competition.

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for information about what is on offer.


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