Law

A-Level

Careers related to studying Law:

There are numerous career opportunities available to a person with qualifications in law. You may train to be a Barrister, Solicitor or a Chartered Legal Executive through the apprenticeship scheme. Local Government, Education, NHS, Police, Crown Prosecution and Businesses all value employees with a legal background, as you will have excellent problem solving skills, research and communication skills, and the ability to provide advice and guidance on the interpretation and application of the law in day-to-day situations.

Course content:

Studying Law provides students with valuable transferable skills, for example reasoning, analytical skills and problem solving skills through the application of legal rules, together with an understanding of legal method and reasoning. As part of your AQA syllabus, you will follow the linear route to A level qualification is linear, comprising of five exam papers over two years. These comprise of two papers in year 12 and three papers in year 13.  The content is as follows:

Year 12

Dispute Solving: You will explore how the Criminal and Civil Courts operate in England and Wales

Law Making and The English Legal System: You will explore the process by which both Parliament and the Courts develop the law.

The nature of law: Theory and philosophy of law.

Criminal Liability: You will examine non-fatal offences against the person, for example GBH and ABH

Civil Liability: You will examine the Tort law of negligence.

Year 13

Law Making and The English Legal System: You will explore the process by which both Parliament and the Courts develop the law.

The nature of law: Theory and philosophy of law.

Criminal Liability: You will examine non-fatal offences against the person, for example GBH and ABH

Civil Liability: You will examine the Tort law of negligence.

Entry requirements:

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a grade 4 in English Language. You must have passion and the enthusiasm for studying Law as a subject as it is very challenging topic. You must be prepared to read extensively and participate fully in all aspects of teaching and learning, throughout the two-year study period.

Subject specific events:

You will have the opportunity to expand your learning beyond the classroom during visits to the Local Magistrates and Crown Courts and perhaps by participating in a Mock Trial competition as well as possible visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Scottish and Welsh Assemblies.

Where does it lead?

Study at year 12 and 13 provides a useful background for the further study of Law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a law component.

Methods of study:

subject specialist teacher. Teaching groups tend to be between ten and eighteen in number, and the course is taught through a range of teaching and learning strategies. These strategies include group discussion (whole group, small group and pairs), analysis of source material and comparison of the views of historians. You will also prepare presentations (individual, paired or small group) and will report back on your findings. Much of your work will be produced independently. However, there are frequent opportunities to share ideas either prior to, during or after written assignments. You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons. This is especially important during the personal investigation part of your course. You will be expected to read around the subject, prepare to argue for and against a point of view and form your own conclusion.

Methods of assessment:

All assessment for the course is through 100% written examination.