Law

Course Entrance Requirements

Students should have achieved grade Bs in English Language and English Literature.
 
Course Aims
This course will provide students with a good introductory knowledge and understanding of law, as well as developing skills of analysis, reasoning, logical and critical thinking. 
 
Course Content – AQA
The AS course covers two units.

Unit 1
Law Making and the Legal System
(50% of final AS mark; 25% of total A2 Level mark)
Parliamentary law making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, the civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution, the criminal courts and lay people, the legal profession and other sources of advice and funding, the judiciary.
Unit 2
The Concept of Liability
(50% of final AS mark; 25% of total A2 Level mark)
Underlying principles of criminal liability, the courts: procedure and sentencing. Liability in negligence, the courts: procedure and damages.

 
A2 consists of two further modules in the second year.

Unit 3
Criminal Law: Fatal and Non-fatal Offences Against the Person
 
(25% of full A2 Level mark)
Murder; voluntary and involuntary manslaughter; non-fatal assaults. Defences; insanity, self-defence; intoxication and mistake. Evaluation of above.
Unit 4
Criminal Law: Property Offences
 
Concepts of Law
 
(25% of full A Level mark)
Theft and robbery, burglary, blackmail, fraud, making off without payment, criminal damage, defences.
 
Law and morals, law and justice, balancing conflicting interests, meaning and importance of fault, judicial creativity.

 
Methods of Assessment
The assessment is based entirely on timed written examination papers. The AS qualification is based on two papers, each lasting one and a half hours, taken at the end of the first year. Unit 1 contains “essay” questions. Unit 2 contains both “essay” and “problem” style questions in which students have to apply their knowledge of law to factual situations.
 
Teaching and Learning
Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, discussions in large and small groups, mock trials, and occasional presentations by students.  Students are expected to do some background reading and to write regular essays and problem solutions.
 
Progression
A Level Law is not  Many students opt to read degrees in subjects other than law and then take the one year law conversion course (CPE).  Whether you opt for law at degree level or later, you will need good grades at A level or a good class degree, as law is increasingly competitive.  An A Level Law is recognised as being a valid and useful qualification by employers in a variety of careers such as local government, accountancy, librarianship and social work. a prerequisite for entry to legal careers, but is accepted, with other subjects, as a qualification for entry to law degrees and to nearly all courses in higher education.
 
Exam Board
AQA
 
Contact Name
For further information please see Ms Rushby – Head of Law.