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The much preferred minimum College entry requirement is English Language at grade B, or above, and ideally, a grade C in Mathematics, together with C grade passes in at least three other suitable subjects. Those who do not attain a B grade in English (or perhaps their C in Maths) may be eligible for a place if they have attained C grades or above in at least 4 other suitable academic GCSE subjects.
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The course aims to help students to understand, as well as apply, legal rules and principles to problem situations; to evaluate the law, its legal institutions, procedures and personnel, and to gain an appreciation of law's place in society.
What will I study on this course?
AS Module 1: Law Making & the Legal System
You will learn about:
- Case law
- Legislation, as sources of law.
- Statutory interpretation.
- The civil and criminal courts, along with the judiciary, and other members of the profession
AS Module 2: The Concept of Liability
You will earn about :
- Liability under the Criminal law, and liability in Tort.
- Principles of sentencing/ andawarding of damages, inrelation to the above.
At A2 students study further aspects of Criminal Law, through the offences of murder and manslaughter, and generally available defences. Similarly, other aspects of civil liability are explored along with certain concepts encountered within the subject such as enforcing issues of morality, justice and whether we it is appropriate that judges should be able to create law on our behalf.
How is this course assessed?
The AS Level course (covered in the first year of study) is a modular one, and entails preparation for two examination papers (there is no course-work) in May/June of the following year. Similarly, the full A level requires students take and pass two further written examinations at the end of their second year.
What kind of student will do well on this course?
The course is suited to those individuals who have an interest in current affairs, as well as the law itself. An enthusiasm to learn, then apply, discuss and critically evaluate the law, together with an ability to express your thoughts/ideas on paper, is essential. The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about law and its legal institutions. It is a very useful, though not essential, preliminary for those thinking of taking a law degree. It provides a useful background for a number of careers, including the legal profession, police and the business field generally.
Law is a discipline which is well respected as being intellectually demanding by both academic institutions and employers alike.
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