The course is run over two years and students must complete 4 units. This includes:
• Dispute Solving in the Legal System
• Criminal Law and the Legal System
• Applying the Law
• Aspects of Tort
Topics such as murder, theft and GBH will offer an interesting understanding of the Criminal Justice System, while topics such as the different courts in the UK and the role of Solicitors and Barristers will allow learners to get a better understanding into the logistics of the Legal System.
Your study will take place predominantly in the classroom however there will be opportunities to visit the courts and the prison to get a flavour of how criminal justice is dispensed.
Law at St Mary’s also takes an international perspective and in the past our students have had the opportunity to visit places such as Brussels, Poland and New York. The Department is served by a team of dedicated specialists, who have an excellent knowledge of the Law, from a classroom perspective, to the expertise gained from practice.
Students interested in how the Law affects our everyday life will find the subject fascinating. This interest obviously makes the study of Law easier. But you don’t have to be a ‘legal eagle’ to do well. Some students join the course just as an extra subject and end up studying Law at university!
General Entry Requirements:
Vocational programmes require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4.
Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 4.
How will I be assessed?
Students will study 4 modules. Two of these are internally assessed and two are externally assessed.
Dispute Solving in the Legal System (External)
Criminal Law and the Legal System (Internal)
Applying the Law (External)
Aspects of Tort (Internal)
Where does it lead?
The study of Law is not exclusive to those considering careers as
solicitors and barristers.
Obviously, many of our past students have gone on to pursue careers as court and office lawyers, but others have progressed into the police (one ex-student works for the serious crime squad of the CID), some have entered chartered accountancy (one ex-student even winning a prestigious scholarship to pursue her studies of law in New York) and others are teachers, managers and academics.
Law is recognised as a subject demanding lateral thinking and enhances problem solving skills. These skills are easily transferred to a variety of subjects at university, beyond law!