Law affects our lives at every level and this course gives a deeper understanding of the impact of law on our lives and a clearer picture of the society we live in.
This course does not assume any prior knowledge and explains legal points using articles and cases and other 'live' material to illustrate issues and provide examples of the legal system at work today.
The AQA syllabus encourages candidates to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and to develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly.What Will I Learn on this Course?
This course enables students to comprehend the structure and operation of the English legal system and gain insight into some of its underlying problems. The second year enables students to study the operation of Criminal Law or Contract Law and Tort Law. We also look at how Law reflects morals and justice.
The course provides a basis for those thinking of studying the subject at a higher level and develops analytical and essay writing skills which transfer to any arts subject. During the course we hold mock trials and visit a Crown Court to enable students to gain a wider general understanding.
We also have visits from people within the law, such as Magistrates, Prison Officers and Customs and Excise Officers.Course Content and Method of Assessment
- Law Making
- Why does legislation take so long?
- Should judges make law?
- Civil Courts
- Criminal Courts
- Legal Personnel
- Criminal Liability or Contract
- Liability in negligence
Assessment is by 2 exams.After the Course?
Throughout the course candidates are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of how legal institutions operate in society and the changing nature of law. This therefore provides a solid foundation for the study of law or other subjects in higher education.
In the second year students can choose to carry on studying either Contract and Tort or Criminal Law, both of which give a good understanding of Law at University. Those not wishing to continue Law at University will find many fields of employment have a legal aspect.Subject Combinations
Law combines well with almost all other AS and A level subjects. Please discuss this with subject staff or Tutor Managers.
Other essay based A levels are particularly good as the skills of analysis and interpretation will be developed across the board. Many Universities now offer Law in combined degrees.Entry Requirements
Students should have five GCSEs at grade A* - C, one of which should be in English.