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Wolfreton Sixth Form College

Who is the course aimed at?     

A Level Law is intended for students who:

  • Have a genuine interest in the law and the way in which our legal system works
  • Intend to pursue a career in the law or a related profession
  • Are interested in developing analytical and problem solving skills
  • Are interested in debating and discussing key legal issues

What will you learn?     

  • The Legal System - Civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution, Criminal courts and lay people, Legal personnel, Access to justice
  • Criminal Law - Rules and theory, General elements of criminal liability, Offences against the person and property, Mental capacity defences, General defences, Preliminary offences, Evaluation
  • Law Making - Parliamentary law making, Delegated legislation, Statutory interpretation, Judicial precedent, Law reform, European Union law
  • The Law of Tort - Rules and theory, Liability in negligence, Occupiers’ liability, Torts connected to land, Vicarious liability, Defences, Remedies, Evaluation
  • The Nature of Law - Introduction to the nature of law, Law and morality, Law and justice, Law and society, Law and technology
  • Human Rights Law - Rules and theory, Protection of the individual’s human rights and freedoms in the UK, Key provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, Restrictions on human rights law, Enforcement of human rights law, Evaluation

How will you be assessed?         

Assessment is exam based with three papers, each 2 hours, 100 marks and 33.33% of A Level:

  • Paper 1 - The legal system (25 marks) Criminal law (75 marks)
  • Paper 2 - Law making (25 marks) The law of tort (75 marks)
  • Paper 3 - The nature of law (25 marks) Human rights law (75 marks)

How will you learn?       

  • A mix of teacher-led and student-led activities
  • Regular homework
  • Regular contact with exam style questions
  • Use of past exams and mark schemes to further understanding of exam technique
  • Taking part in debate and discussion
  • Developing analytical, application and research skills
  • Developing the ability to write concisely and succinctly

Enrichment activities and independent learning?

There will be an opportunity to visit Hull Combined Courts to support understanding of the criminal court system.

What or where next?    

A Level Law can lead to studying law at degree level and a career in the law, such as a solicitor, barrister or working in the court service. However, skills and knowledge learnt are also relevant for a wide range of degree courses and professions including:

  • Politics
  • Business and management
  • Government and civil service
  • Public service, such as the police or prison service
  • Journalism
  • Finance and banking

More information          

For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the sixth form team.

  1. Law