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Law A Level

Course Overview

Develop your skills of written and verbal communication, evaluation, and analysis while you learn about key criminal offences and defences, as well as the workings of both our legal system and the law-making process.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • Criminal Law – murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences and property offences as well as all major defences.
  • Law Making – from parliamentary law making to judge made law.
  • English legal system – learning about the different institutions and roles within our legal system.

Year 2 Components

  • Tort – responsibility for civil wrongs.
  • Contract – all elements of a binding contract.
  • The interaction between law, morality, justice and society

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including: 

  • GCSE grade 5 in English Language or Literature


  • A Level Law is assessed by three exams at the end of Year 13.
  • Exam Board is OCR  


Subject Lead

Mrs K Whittingham, Solicitor (non-practising).

Why Choose this Course?

Law is an increasingly popular course at university. The A level gives you an insight into the content of a Law degree, including a head start with some of the main topics studied in the first year. It will also give you a feel for whether law is right for you at university. Places to study Law are also highly competitive and being able to demonstrate an early interest at A level may give you the edge.

You will have the opportunity to take part in Mock Trials at both the University of Suffolk as well as the national Mock Trial Competition.

We also work with Ashtons Legal with whom we are developing work experience days.

Skills You Gain

You will gain the ability to apply the law to real life scenarios as well as critically evaluate the current state of the law. You will also develop your written and verbal communication skills. You will develop your independent research skills throughout the course.

After Northgate

The majority of students have gone on to study Law or related subjects such as Criminology at a range of universities, including Oxford, Leeds and Durham. Many are now practising as solicitors.

Others have gone on to join the police force or have joined national firms as solicitor apprenticeships.

 "The course gave me a flying start in my Law degree as well as making me realise the extent to which law affects my daily life”

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123