Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A Level Law

Course Content

The Nature of Law and the Legal System You will study the different areas from which laws develop, looking at the role of the courts, Acts of Parliament and the effect of European Law. You will also develop an understanding of how the law changes over time by researching cases which have been decided in higher courts and the effect of the decisions judges make on a daily basis. You will learn about the civil courts, alternatives to the court actions. You will also learn about police powers, the powers of arrest and stop and search, the criminal courts and the power courts have to sentence offenders. You will also learn about barristers, solicitors and judges as well as the magistrates and jurors who make up the lay personnel in our legal system. You will learn about their role and how they work within the English legal system.

You will study three aspects of substantive public and private law including;

The Law of Tort

This will cover the nature of tort, negligence; duty owed to lawful and unlawful visitors; vicarious liability; trespass to land; nuisance; Rylands v Fletcher; trespass to the person; defences.

Criminal Law

The elements of criminal liability, attempted crimes and defences. Offences including homicide (murder, manslaughter) the non-fatal offences against the person and property offences (theft, burglary, robbery)

Human Rights

The rules of human rights law and theory in human rights, the protection of the individual’s rights and freedoms in the UK through the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 along with reference to specific Articles, case studies. Evaluation and potential reform of human rights law.


The Law Department offers an opportunity to progress on to a qualifying law degree based at the College campus in the first year, to students who successfully achieve good grades at A2 in a variety of subjects. All students must apply through the UCAS system.

This degree is in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, with students progressing to the university campus in their second and third years of study. Students are also offered the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree in Law and spend two further years at the College reading a range of legal topics and experiencing the law from a practical vocational perspective.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students have a variety of options. They would be qualified to work in a legal environment such as a solicitor’s office as a member of the Instit ute of Legal Executives and after a work qualifying period would be able to apply for full fellowship status.

Otherwise students can progress on to the second year of a qualifying law degree (LLB) with the University of Sunderland.


Course Content

BTEC Law is an exciting course - it includes fascinating modules looking at various aspects of the Law as it relates to criminal and civil liability and personal injury. The course provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and is a fantastic preparation for a career in Law.

The varied programme of study takes place over a two year period, enabling you to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes which are essential tools for solicitors of the future.

During the course you will be introduced to the key aspects of the English legal system and the main areas of substantive law within it. The modules that you will study can include:

  • Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  • Understanding Law Making
  • Aspects of Legal Liability
  • Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
  • Aspects of the Law of Tort


BTEC courses are not examination based qualifications and the assessment process is ongoing, so it allows you to analyse and improve your own performance as the course progresses. You will experience a supportive learning environment with a student-centred approach to learning which will help you develop the skills required for higher level studies and employment.


Most BTEC Law students progress onto university, often in law or business-related subjects or otherwise undertake the professional CILEx qualification while working in practice to become legal executives or ultimately a solicitor.

Those who often go directly into employment often take up careers as trainees or alternatively careers in; local government, health care or business.