Law A-Level

Is a robust legal system the foundation of a fair and civilised society?

Can a society be judged by the way it treats criminals? How can I sue someone who has been negligent towards me? Regardless of whether you see yourself as a Barrister or Solicitor in the future, studying law will help you to develop valuable transferable skills such as logic, problem solving, analysing and evaluating. It enhances your ability to communicate opinions and come to conclusions clearly and succinctly, it will also help you substantiate arguments and develop a critical and enquiring mind. As such it provides an excellent background for many University courses and careers.

Why study Law?

Law plays a vital role in society and affects virtually all aspects of our lives from driving a car, purchasing goods or negotiating a business contract. A-Level Law is an interesting, stimulating, entertaining and testing subject. We bring the subject alive using a wide range of teaching methods, mock trials, visits to the local courts to watch trials and a visit to London where we go to the Houses of Parliament to see where laws are made and the Supreme Court to see where they are practically applied.

Any special requirements?

No previous knowledge of Law is required. The course involves a great deal of listening, reading, note-taking and extended writing so you must feel confident with these skills. An enquiring mind, commitment and a determination to work hard are essential.

What will I study?

Year One

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System; How laws are made and interpreted, how legislation is delegated, the work of juries and magistrates, the criminal and civil courts and alternatives to the formal legal system.

Criminal and Tort Law; How is a crime committed, offences against the person, the criminal court process. How is negligence proved and the civil trial process.

Year Two
Criminal Law; The application of the offences of murder, manslaughter, assault and battery and the defences of insanity, automatism, and intoxication. Theft, robbery, and the defences of insanity, automatism, self-defence, intoxication and duress.

Tort Law; Liability for physical and psychiatric injury, economic loss. Occupiers Liability, the law of nuisance and vicarious liability. Defences and remedies to tort.
Contract Law; Formation of Contract, General and Specific terms of contract. Discharge of contract and remedies.

How will I be assessed?

We follow the AQA Specification and there is no coursework element, you will be required to take 3 exams at A2. Students sit exams in June.


Further information

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