What is justice? How do judicial precedents work? How are human rights protected under the law? These are the kinds of questions that students will investigate in Law.
Law is the fundamental underpinning of English society and knowledge of the Law is applicable to a huge variety of subjects. The subject at A-Level establishes how the law is enforced and works. Students will have the opportunity to study both the ideas behind the law and how English law has developed through the study of legal precedent.
What is Law?
Law looks initially at the legal system of England and Wales. Students study the nature of law and how it is distinct from morality. The impact of law on society and the influence of society on the law are explored, alongside issues of justice, parliamentary law-making, delegated law-making, and the issue of judicial precedent. The nature of the English legal system is explored, as well as the impact of EU law on the UK.
Specific legal areas also studied include the criminal law, tort (liability), the law of contract, and human rights.
How is it studied?
A-Level Law is taught within the College’s ‘BTEC Plus’ Programme as a one year A-Level to students also studying the one year BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma.
Taught in small groups, specific legal issues are explored through a range of theories and case law so that students gain a strong understanding of how decisions are made in criminal, contract or other cases.
Emphasis is placed on multiple-choice questions, short structured answers and essay-based responses assessing legal issues, as these all feature as part of the final assessment.
How is A-Level Law assessed?
|1||Nature of Law and the Legal System; Criminal Law||33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
|2||Nature of Law and the Legal System; Tort||33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
|3||Nature of Law and the Legal System; Law of Contract
|33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
Exam Board: AQA
What do I need?
There is no requirement to have studied Law before beginning A-Level Law. However, success at A-Level Law requires that students have good written analytical and evaluative skills so you must have a minimum of GCSE English grade C (4) or equivalent.
What should I study with A-Level Law?
The College’s one year BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels).
What can I do with A-Level Law?
Combined with the one year BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma, A-Level Law can enable you to progress on to a very wide range of business and management related degree courses.
Questions about the course
Do I need to study A-Level Law to study Law at university?
Whilst many UK universities do not state a preference for particular A-Level subjects, if you are aiming to study law at a top university it is advisable for you to study three established, academic A-Level subjects.