A LEVEL LAW

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCESs at Grades A* - C including Maths and English.

Find out how our legal system works and learn about two major branches of Law – Contract and Crime. Increase your analytical ability and develop the unique problem-solving skills of a lawyer in applying legal rules to real-life scenarios.

By studying Law you will discover whether you would enjoy the subject at university and you will gain a head-start in two of the seven foundation subjects which make up a law degree. A level Law was first established in the college in 2000 and many of our former students are now qualified barristers and solicitors, or have entered related careers in the police force, civil service and business.

Course Content

AS Level
Unit 1Law Making and the Legal System
How the law is made and the way that both civil and criminal courts operate, including trial by jury.

Unit 2The Concept of Liability
The basic principles of Contract Law and Criminal Law, including sentencing of offenders.

A2 Level
This provides the exciting opportunity to study the Criminal law in depth. You will build on the skills developed at AS level and relate your legal knowledge to contemporary issues of justice and morality.

Unit 3Criminal Law - Offences against the Person
Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person, including murder, manslaughter and GBH, as well as defences such as insanity and self-defence.

Unit 4Offences against Property and Concepts of Law
Property offences including theft, robbery, burglary, blackmail and criminal damages.

Methods of Teaching

Activities will include lectures, class discussions, group work, research and essay writing. You will be provided with study booklets, which reduce the burden of note taking, but be aware that this subject does involve a lot of reading. You will need to be well organised and thorough in your command of detail. Throughout the course a mature approach to independent learning and a willingness to contribute to class discussion will be important.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

You will be entered for two exams in May/June.

AS Examinations

Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

50% of AS, 25% of A level
Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes
Answer questions on 3 topics

Unit 2: The Concept of Liability
50% of AS, 25% of A level
Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes
Answer questions on 2 scenarios- 1 on Crime and 1 on Contract

A2 Examinations

Unit 3: Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)
25% of A level
Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes
Answer 2 problem solving - questions and 1 essay question

Unit 4:Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law
25% of A-level
Externally-assessed examination, 2 hours
Answer 2 problem - solving questions and 1 essay question

All AS and A2 units are assessed by examination.

Financial Implications

Study booklets specifically designed for the course are issued for each unit of study. Payment of £10 is required to cover the costs of all the booklets for the duration of the course.

You will also need to buy a textbook for both AS and A2 Law. Single or group copies of books that you need to consult will be available in the classroom and the Learning Resources Centre. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Law combines well with many different subjects and is a good preparation for higher education and a wide variety of careers including the legal profession and business. All universities accept A-Level Law as an entry qualification for their Law courses, including the most highly selective universities.

If you are thinking of studying Law at university, you do not have to take AS/A2 Law. However, it will give you a much clearer idea of what the subject is like and whether a degree course in Law is right for you. You will also have a head-start in two of the 'core' components of a law degree - Legal Systems and Criminal Law and the law of Contract.

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