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What do Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Darren Brown and Gerard Butler have in common? (They all have law degrees!). If you are interested in current affairs, enjoy reading and want to know more about the English Legal System and the Criminal Justice System, then consider A Level Law. You will ideally enjoy being challenged intellectually, have a logical mind and have the ability to solve complex problems along with the skill of writing creative essays.

Our aim in Law is to equip students with the ability to use legal skills during the study of the nature of law, legal issues and the English legal system. They will be able to recognise private and public areas of substantive law, analyse scenarios by identifying key facts which form legal arguments, and analyse legislation through the application of rules and principles of statutory interpretation.

Students should complete extra reading, around the subject, and take an interest in contemporary criminal cases in the media.

For this year students in Year 12 are taking AS exams at the end of the academic year.  This will give them the ability to have academic exams in exam settings, which will prepare them for their A level exams in year 13.

What you will learn

Paper 1:

What's assessed

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

Criminal law (75 marks out of 100).

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 2 hours

·         100 marks

·         33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 2:

What's assessed

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

Tort (75 marks out of 100).

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 2 hours

·         100 marks

·         33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

 

Paper 3:

What's assessed

Law of contract (75 marks out of 100).

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

OR

Human rights (75 marks out of 100).

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100).

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 2 hours

·         100 marks

·         33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

A Level Results 2021

Congratulations to all A Level students

62% of students achieved A*-C, and 100% A*-E

Best of luck in your future pursuits and well done on all the hard work

Outside the classroom

We believe that enrichment opportunities can be gained outside the classroom through scheduled visits to the local Magistrate and Crown Courts. Students are given the opportunity to visit Magistrates and chat with them. Visits to The Houses of Parliament enable students to understand what Parliament is about, law making and democracy in action.

Recently we have taken A LEVEL students to Philip Chance Law firm to get our students to have a feel for careers in Law and Business support.

Support for your learning

Combine this course with:

Oxford University states that “Law is a subject with which almost any combination of A’ level subjects are appropriate. A’ Level Law is regarded in the same light as any other A level subject. Ideally, you will combine Law with one essay based subject (English, History, and Drama) and one logic based subject (Maths, Science, Economics).

Some ideal background subjects are useful if you wish to pursue Law further, for example a modern language gives you a huge advantage if you combine this with a Law degree at university. You will also have the added bonus of spending a year in a European country. Chemistry with Law could allow you to apply for a degree in Forensic Science. “A forensic scientist must be able to present results to a non-scientific audience under stressful conditions in a court of law”. Other career routes are given below:

Essential if you go on to:

Journalism, the Civil Service, Diplomacy, Business and Management areas, Law, Teaching, Banking, Home Office, European Institutions.

 

Useful Links

Law students can access the following websites to enhance their knowledge of law:
Citizens Advice Bureaux – www.adviceguide.org.uk
Law Commission – www.lawcom.gov.uk
Law Society – www.lawsociety.org.uk
The Bar Council – www.barcouncil.org.uk
The English website of Asif Tufal – www.a-level-law.com
UK Parliament – www.parliament.uk
Lawtel  –   www.lawtel.com
LexisNexis –  www.lexisnexis.co.uk
Westlaw – www.legalresearch.westlaw.co.uk

Media sites:
The Times – www.thetimes.co.uk
The Guardian – www.guardian.co.uk
Official Govt. guide – www.direct.gov.uk

Textbooks essential for the course:

AQA A-Level for  Law