Law is a dynamic and exciting subject that has broad applicability to a range of careers and other study options. It allows you to understand the world around you from different perspectives and see how the law affects real life. The Law department at the Sixth Form College is staff by specialist law teachers with a wide range of professional experience.

Debates, mock trials and group discussions form an essential part of the course. The department has strong links with the University of Essex and other providers of legal education. We also have links with local firms of solicitors and have arranged an excellent programme of careers insight talks. Opportunities for work placements and apprentices are sometimes passed on to us by these firms and we advertise these within college. We organise visits to places such as the Crown Court in Ipswich and the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Courses Offered by the Department


Law complements many other subjects at A Level and goes particularly well with Politics. A Level Law is assessed by examination at the end of the two years of study. If you prefer coursework options then have a look at our Applied Law course, which provides an alternative study option for law.

This A Level Law specification includes the study of the nature of law and the English legal system (25%), one area of private law - law of tort, and two areas of public law – criminal law and human rights law. (75%)

The course will develop understanding of a range of legal principles and is a useful introduction for students considering careers in law (barrister, solicitor, police and court services) it also helps to develop a range of analytical skills that would be transferable to other careers.

Applied Law

Applied law is a coursework based subject that allows students to explore many aspects of the English Legal System. In year one the completion of the certificate allows study of 3 units, Dispute Solving in the Legal System, Understanding Law Making and Aspects of Legal Liability.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Applied Law, in the second year students can undertake the Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law. This comprises of three units, which are internally assessed.


The extended project qualification requires students to produce an outcome which can be a written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a CD or DVD or a piece of computer software. However, of more importance than the final product is the process: from initial choice of topic, through the planning and research stage, to the production phase and an on-going evaluation of the decisions which have been made.

There will be a taught element to the course which will introduce students to a range of independent research skills. These will include Library research skills, consideration of issues such as credibility and authenticity of resources, Project management skills, ICT skills, bibliography and citation conventions and presentational skills. However, the main emphasis is on students working independently, improving their own learning and performance while developing their ability to plan, research, analyse and evaluate.

Students will be allocated a supervisor who will meet with them on a regular basis to offer advice as well as monitor progress.

The course starts in January of year one and is completed by January of year 2.

Additional Studies


Lawyers is a programme of learning and activities designed for students who are interested in a career in law. It is mainly aimed at student who are not studying A Level Law or BTEC Applied Law. The course will cover the basics of the English Legal system and looks at how the law is made and used.

Core skills such as debating and public speaking will be covered via activities such as mock trials and presentations. Career paths will be considered including looking at the variety of legal professions and the availability of alternative training paths such as apprenticeships. Guidance will be given on personal statements, interviews and, where appropriate, the LNAT examination.

A range of speakers will be invited, many of whom are former college students, to talk about their jobs and routes to their careers.

Meetings will take place once a week.

Trips and Visits

Ipswich Crown Court Ipswich Crown Court Mock Trial Mock Trial

Please see our Courses page for full details of all the courses offered by the college.