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Law - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you will need a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English

Course Introduction:

A Level Law offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the legal system and at the same time to develop analytical skills that will be useful in any area of work or higher education. This qualification is especially relevant if you are considering one of the many careers connected with the law such as the police, the probation service, social work or the legal profession. Everyday there are stories in the newspapers and programmes on television discussing various aspects of law. The Law is constantly changing and evolving so you will be studying an interesting story that is at the heart of modern life.

Course Modules:

First Year

English Legal System – Topics covered here include types of Law, the court system, juries, judges and magistrates, barristers and solicitors.

Criminal Law – This includes criminal liability in relation to assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.

Tort Law – This provides and introduction to civil law in areas relating to physical injury to people and damage to property.

Second Year

Criminal Law (Continuation from First Year) – This includes murder, manslaughter, theft and robbery, the law of attempts and criminal defences.

Tort Law (Continuation from First Year) – This includes to study of liability for psychiatric injury, liability of occupiers of property, the law of nuisance, vicarious liability along with civil law defences.

Contract Law –This includes the study of how a contract can be formed, the various terms and clauses which can be included within a contract, how a contract can be discharged, along with remedies which can be sought in contract law.

Nature of Law (i.e Theory of Law: Fault, Law and Morality, Law and Justice, Balancing Conflicting Interests) – Students bring together their knowledge of material gained from earlier study to provide an overview of the whole subject.

Assessment:

The assessment for the new linear Law A Level takes the form of three examinations at the end of the course. Each exam is worth 33% of the overall A Level, with each lasting two hours, and being worth a total of 100 marks.

Paper 1 assesses the English legal system, nature of law and the Criminal Law topics. The exam paper itself includes multiple choice, short answer and extended answer scenario based questions.

Paper 2 assesses the English legal system, nature of law and Tort Law topics. The exam paper itself includes multiple choice, short answer and extended answer scenario based questions.

Paper 3 assesses the English legal system, nature of law and Contract Law topics. The exam paper itself includes multiple choice, short answer and extended answer scenario based questions.

Career Opportunities:

Law is a useful subject for those who want to go on and study law at university. Law can be studied on its own or combined with other subjects. A qualification in Law will assist with entry to the legal profession as, for example, a barrister or solicitor.

Careers outside the legal profession can include the Civil service, Local and National government as well as employment in Business, Science, Banking and Accountancy. Some students have arranged work placements in law related areas such as Solicitors offices, Magistrates Courts, Police and Crown Prosecution Service.