Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




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WJEC A-level Law

The law affects every person every day of their lives in some form or another, whether it’s licensing fees for our television, consumer law when we buy something from a shop or not being discriminated against because of our age or ethnicity. The law is much more familiar to us than we think.

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Is this course right for me?

If you are good at History, Sociology or English Literature and Language you should be good at Law. It uses a similar method when answering questions including an analysis of cause and effect and all answers must be backed up by using evidence. This could be a piece of legislation, case law or quotation from a theorist. It is very similar to using a quote from a text in English Literature, studying the context of when the text was written and the effect of that quote. So studying Law is not so difficult as it may sound!

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

As part of the course you will develop an understanding of the Welsh Legal System and areas of both private and public law within the law of Wales and England.

You will learn how to develop and apply the techniques of legal reasoning to analyse and offer answers to problems, based on legal principles, legislation and case law. You will also develop the ability to construct conclusions and communicate legal arguments by reference to appropriate legal authorities.

This course requires you to study the dynamics of legal decision making that will equip you with the skills necessary to study law at higher education.

Units to be studied will include:

  • The nature of law and the Welsh and English legal systems
  • The law of tort
  • The practice of substantive law
  • Substantive law perspectives

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Arbitrator, Barrister, Barrister’s clerk, Chartered legal executive (England and Wales), Company secretary, Costs lawyer, Detective, Licensed conveyancer, Paralegal, Solicitor, Advice worker, Border Force officer, Chartered accountant, Civil Service administrator, Data analyst, Data scientist, External auditor, Forensic computer analyst, Human resources officer, Mediator, Patent attorney, Political risk analyst, Stockbroker, Trading standards officer.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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