At Lancaster we accept any A-level as a basis for the application. This includes General Studies if it is studied alongside 3 other A levels or equivalent.
Do you accept General Studies?
Yes - a high grade in General Studies is evidence of a flexible mind, a wide range of interests, and a willingness to engage with material outside a student's normal area of study. We will count General Studies A Level as one of your best three grades, but only if it is one of four A Levels taken in total.
What is your position on A Level Law?
We accept A-level Law on par with other A levels.
Must I take LNAT? (potential Law students only)
Lancaster is satisfied that careful consideration of UCAS forms, a discerning approach to subjects being offered at A level, and interviewing where appropriate, offer the most reliable way of selecting its law students. There is therefore no need to take the LNAT if you apply to Lancaster.
What are the best subjects to study if I want to read Law?
Although you might think of Law as "vocational", because it relates to professional activity and a Law degree qualifies you to proceed to the next stage of legal training, the study of law at University is done through an academic approach, and we are looking for students with high academic abilities.
If you are in England and Wales, looking to go into sixth-form or college next year, and think you would like to study Law at university, you should choose A Levels, International Baccalaureate, A Level equivalent programme, or Cambridge Pre-U. Having chosen those schemes of study, you need to pick your specialist subjects. Law is analytical, so a choice that demands analysis is a good idea (Maths and Languages are good examples, but many other subjects require analytical skills, too).
Law requires an awareness of society as it is now (think Economics, Politics, Religious Studies) and how we got here (think History) and how different societies might be organized (think human Geography, Anthropology). It also requires the ability to read a lot of literature and analyse it (think English Literature) too, and you will have to write a lot (so it's best to avoid doing only maths/science subjects).
What are the best subjects to study if I want to read Criminology?
Although you might think of Law as "vocational" and Criminology as “semi-vocational” because it relates to professional activity such as working in the Criminal Justice System, the study of Criminology at University is undertaken via an academic approach. As with those wishing to study Law, we are looking for students with high academic abilities.
If you are in England and Wales, looking to go into sixth-form or college next year, and think you would like to study Criminology at university, you should choose A Levels, International Baccalaureate, A Level equivalent programme, or Cambridge Pre-U. Having chosen those schemes of study, you need to pick your specialist subjects.
Although we do not require prospective students to have studied specific subjects, it is a good idea to choose those which require analytical skills and equip you with a critical awareness of historical and contemporary aspects of society and human behaviours and motivations (think Economics, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology).
As with Law, reading Criminology at Lancaster also requires the ability to read a considerable amount of literature and analyse it (think English Literature) and you will write a lot (so it's best to avoid doing only maths/science subjects).
What about vocational qualifications?
Bear in mind that both Law and Criminology at university are not vocational qualifications, they are academic disciplines and very demanding ones at that. The fact that you chose to pursue vocational rather than academic qualifications may mean that your talents lie in different directions than the academic, and it also means that we have little indication of your academic ability. Consequently, it is not usual for us to offer places on law programmes to those offering wholly or mainly vocational qualifications
What is an unconditional offer and can I get one?
Unconditional offers are made to applicants we decide to make an offer to and who already meet all the requirements for entry. They cannot be made to those who do not yet have the requisite qualifications for entry. Applicants yet to complete their A-levels or equivalent qualifications will receive Conditional offers if their application satisfies our criteria.