Law

Qualification: A-Level

Awarding Body:
AQA
Length of Course:
2 Years

Law is a fascinating subject to study. It is challenging to the mind and very demanding. At the same time, it offers a tremendous insight into the legal framework within which we live. Since laws affect every member of our society, it is desirable that we all know and understand our legal system. Studying law at this level offers the student to develop an appreciation which is competent and thorough. Those who choose to study A-Level Law have the opportunity to research the English Legal System in depth, and to look in depth at some aspects such as Criminal Law.

 

Year 12

Nature of Law:

  • Law and Society
  • Law and Morality
  • Law and Justice
The Rule of Law:
  • Parliamentary Law Making
  • Delegated Legislation
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Judicial Precedent
  • Law Reform
  • The European Union
The Legal System:
  • The Civil Courts and other forms of Dispute Resolution
  • The Criminal Courts and Lay People
  • Legal Personnel and the Judiciary
  • Access to Justice and Funding
Criminal Law:
  • The rules of criminal law Theory in criminal law General elements of liability
  • Fatal offences against the person Non-fatal offences against the person Property offences
  • Preliminary offence Defences: Capacity defences Defences: Necessity defences
Law of Tort:
  • The rules of Tort Law
  • Theory of Tort Law
  • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property
  • Liability in negligence for economic loss and psychiatric injury

 

Year 13

Law of Tort:

  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Nuisance and the escape of Dangerous Things Vicarious Liability
  • Defences Remedies

EITHER

Contract Law:

  • Theory of contract law
  • Essential requirements of contract Contract terms:
  1. General
  2. Specific terms implied by statute law in relation to consumer contracts
  3. Exclusion Clauses
  • Vitiating factors Discharge of a contract Remedies

OR

Human Rights Law:

  • Rules in Human Rights Law
  • Theory in Human Rights
  • Human Rights in International Law
  • Human Rights in the United Kingdom prior to the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Human Rights in the United Kingdom after the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • The European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953
  • Restrictions
  • Enforcement
  • Human Rights and English Law

 

Assessment

This course has no coursework and is examined through three 2hr papers which are each worth 33% of the final grade.

 

Relevance to Further Studies and Careers

Law is a highly competitive field. Standards at university are high, demanding A/A* grades at A-Level. Not every student who studies A-Level Law necessarily progresses to a Law course at university. Nevertheless, it is an excellent qualification to have in its own right.

In terms of those students who prefer to continue with law, our ‘track record’ is good, with a considerable number currently studying law at a range of universities including those in the Russell group. Whatever your ambitions, a qualification in Law opens up a wide range of career opportunities including the legal profession (Solicitors and Barristers), the police, social work, probation officer, criminologist and so on.

Entry Requirements

Since a high standard of written English is expected, at least a Grade 5 pass in English Language is desirable