A future less ordinary



Our Subject

Law is a fascinating subject which affects everybody, every day. Law is the skeleton of our society; it controls what we do, when we do it and how we do it. A knowledge of law is useful for every facet of the world around us.  Law complements and reciprocates all other subjects as it helps you develop skills you can use across the board. You will improve your essay-writing skills, your communication skills, vocabulary and memory.

To study Law at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade B in GCSE English Language.

Our links with HE

Law can lead to a broad range of careers. This A-level may be your first step to becoming a solicitor, barrister, clerk of the court, police officer, journalist, politician, civil servant or teacher, or to your career in business. To give you the best possible footing for higher education, Bilborough Sixth Form College runs law talks and university-style lectures throughout the year, from our own staff and a variety of universities. We will also give you experience of mooting (a mock trial with students playing the parts of barristers, witnesses and other court staff) which is very important if you want to study law at university. You will improve your public-speaking skills and demonstrate strong advocacy skills. We are also proud to offer opportunities for mentorship by current university students who previously studied law at Bilborough Sixth Form College.

Course Structure

Your first (AS) year is divided into two modules. The first introduces you to the English legal system, covering the principles of law-making and dispute-solving. You will study four main areas of law: parliamentary law making; judicial precedent; civil courts and dispute resolution, and criminal courts and lay people (the jury and magistrates). The second module provides an introduction to both criminal and civil liability. Within criminal liability you will learn about the elements of a crime; criminal court procedure; sentencing and an introduction to the non-fatal offences against the person including assault, battery, Actual Bodily Harm and Grievous Bodily Harm. Within civil liability you will learn about the tort of negligence (this involves situations where a person is injured or whose property is damaged through the carelessness / fault of others): how negligence is established; the civil court procedure and compensation.

The second year (A2) course focuses on criminal law. You will study the non-fatal offences in more depth, discovering the elements of the crime and further case law. We’ll examine homicide including murder and manslaughter and the defences to these crimes; also property offences and defences.


Past students’ comments:
“I have really enjoyed every aspect of law this year”.
“Absolutely loved it!”
“Very interesting and can be applied to real-life situations”.
“The teachers take time to go through the content with each individual student”.