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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: AQA

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Why study Law?

A Level Law is for students who wish to learn about a range of laws that effect our daily lives. You will be interested in finding how the law operates, studying current legal issues and developing debating skills. It develops both problem solving, written skills and relies heavily upon argument to inform discussions and essays. Therefore, serving as a perfect precursor studying at university. You will also develop a passion for the practice of law. 

Law complements many disciplines and is suited to run alongside Politics, Philosophy, Economics, English, Sociology and Psychology, to name but a few.

What can it lead to?

A Level Law is recognised by all universities. If you are considering studying Law at university, it is a really valuable introduction to the challenges and demands of the subject. Our students are able to take degrees in Law or Law related subjects. Similarly, the skills our students develop while studying A Level Law make it good preparation for studying a wide range of non-Law subjects in university. For example, History, Maths and Business.

For students who intend not going to university the combination of subject knowledge and study skills make A Level Law a valuable and useful qualification in the workplace. CILEX and Law Apprenticeships are becoming progressively popular.

Law is extremely beneficial for a career in the Legal Professions, Business, Law, Justice, Police and Probation services as a Barrister, Detective, Paralegal or Solicitor. Law is also useful for learners interested in becoming social workers. It is a highly regarded subject.

How is the course organised?

Nature of Law: This examines the relationship of law with society, morality and justice, and explores fundamental principles such as the Rule of Law and Parliamentary Sovereignty.

English Legal System: This unit covers how law is made within parliament, and by decisions made in the appeal courts. You learn about UK legal institutions, including the civil and criminal court hierarchy, and the various procedures and personnel involved in the practice of law;

Criminal Law: You will study both Fatal (Murder, Voluntary and Involuntary manslaughter) and Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person (Assault, Battery, Actual Bodily Harm, Grievous Bodily Harm) as well, as offences against property. You will also study Criminal legal theory to provide a framework.

Tort Law: This includes Negligence and Private Nuisance, and explores concepts such as Liability and you will also study the Remedies available to the courts.

Option choice: At St Charles you will study Human Rights. Human Rights considers the historical development of human rights i.e. in the aftermath of the Second World War as well as international aspects such as the UN and the EU. You will also study the legal theory underlying the current approach as well as examine specific articles of the major conventions on human rights and consider their restrictions and enforcement.

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1:

What’s assessed

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

Criminal law (75 marks out of 100).

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 2:

What’s assessed

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

Tort (75 marks out of 100).

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 3:

What’s assessed

Human rights (75 marks out of 100).

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Who are the teachers?

  • Mrs L. Nnene, Head of Social Sciences who has a legal background and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the delivery of law.
  • Mr Paul Ellis

What do I need to qualify for this course?

The General entry requirements for A Level courses are six GCSEs grades 9-4, including a Grade 6 and above in English Language.

Extra Curricular

AQA Law for A-level Year 1 and AS by Jacqueline Martin, Nicholas Price.

Courts visits such as Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice and Supreme Court.


Reading a good quality British newspaper such as The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Law Review

Radio 4 law in Action, long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion on matters relating to law on Thursdays at 4pm and repeated at 8pm. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tgy1

The Guardian website specifically for law students https://www.theguardian.com/law/series/student-guide

Free resource online, The Student Lawyer. https://thestudentlawyer.com/