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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: AQA

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Why study Law?

Studying Law will allow you to learn to think clearly and logically. It also helps to improve your writing skills, in order to communicate your thought processes meritoriously. The skills are highly transferable to other subjects as it gives you an ability to be analytical as well as logical. You are also able to develop your research skills.

What can it lead to?

It encompasses skills and knowledge that are relevant in many areas such as banking, journalism, insurance, education, Criminology, Forensic science, accountancy, civil service, local government and law itself. Law is an education for life.

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?

100% exams. This comprise three papers each with 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.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Entry requirements for A level law are six GCSEs grades 9-4 including English at Grade 6 or above. 

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.

The Guardian website specifically for law students

Free resource online, The Student Lawyer.