Law

Awarding body: AQA
Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE courses
Law Advanced Subsidiary       AS (7161)
Law Advanced GCE                A level (7162)

Course content and examination requirements:
This exciting course provides students with a grounding in the main principles of English Law and its development.  It enables them to develop a knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the English Legal System, in the context of substantive law.


The A Level Law course provides students with the unique opportunity 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, succinctly and coherently using logic and appropriate legal terminology. Thus, A Level Law is universally recognised as a valuable and versatile A level by institutions and employers because of the transferable skills it develops.


The Law Department aims to incorporate a range of methods into teaching and learning including group work, presentations, legal research and field trips to relevant legal sites such as the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice. In addition to lessons, students will be expected to complete about six hours of independent study a week.


Entry Requirements:
Law is a subject in its own right and is only studied in the Sixth Form and there are no specific entry requirements for the course.  The subject demands a good command of English and  the ability to analyse and solve problems.
Relevance to further studies and careers:
Law can be studied at university as a single honours degree or as a joint degree with other subjects such as Accounting and History.  Graduates have found employment in many fields including the different branches of the Legal Profession; Education; Consultation; Research Bodies and Human Resources,
 Important Note
The new AS and A Level courses have been designed to be co-teachable, so students studying together can decide to study for the AS only in Year 12, and/or for the full A level over two years.  Students will sit exams at the end of Year 12 for the AS award, and then sit a new set of exams at the end of Year 13 for the A level.
Year 12 - AS Topics

  • The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Torts

Assessments:
Paper 1:
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks : The Nature of Law and the English Legal System (40 marks out of 80) and Criminal Law (40 marks out of 80)
50% of AS
Paper 2:
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks : The Nature of Law and the English Legal System (40 marks out of 80) and Tort Law (40 marks out of 80)
50% of AS
• A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Year 13 - A Level (full GCE)

  • The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Torts
  • PLUS Option: either Law of Contract OR Human Rights

Assessments:
Paper 1:
Written exam: 2 hours
100 marks : The Nature of Law and the English Legal System (25 marks out of 100) and Criminal Law (75 marks out of 100)
33% of A Level
Paper 2:
Written exam: 2 hours
100 marks : The Nature of Law and the English Legal System (25 marks out of 100) and Tort Law (75 marks out of 100)
33% of A Level
Paper 3:
Written exam: 2 hours
100 marks : The Nature of Law and the English Legal System (25 marks out of 100) and either The Law of Contract OR Human Rights Tort Law (75 marks out of 100)
33% of A Level
• A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Teaching staff / further information: Miss N Pallan