Law A Level

Course Description

If you are given too much change by a shop can you keep it? If you trespass on someone else’s land and get injured can you sue the land owner for compensation for your injury? What are your rights if you buy goods that turn out to be faulty after a few months? Should a “mercy killing” be classified as murder or not? Law is a vital part of our society and affects all our lives. If you are interested in finding answers to these types of questions and developing your knowledge and skills in a challenging subject, then Law is for you!

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/ A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

The course provides an introduction to law, a 'taster' for study at degree level and will enable you to explore an exciting and challenging new subject! You will develop a range of skills useful for university and employment. These will include the ability to analyse hypothetical scenarios and apply legal rules and principles to solve problems. You will become adept at critically evaluating legal rules and the legal system by formulating reasoned and persuasive arguments supported by evidence. There are three examinations at the end of the second year. The topic areas include:

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
This topic considers the rule of law and how laws are made and interpreted by the courts. You will also learn about court and tribunal structures alternative methods of dispute resolution, access to justice and the role of legal personnel and lay people. You will investigate the role that law plays in
society .and the relationship that t has with justice and morality.

Criminal Law
In this unit you will learn about the elements of a crime and study the law of homicide, non- fatal offences, such as assault and battery, and the property offences of theft and robbery. The unit also includes what is meant by an “attempt” and a range of defences to crimes, including self- defence.

The Law of Tort
This involves the study of the law of negligence which concerns injury to people and damage to property, occupier’s liability, nuisance and vicarious liability. It will also include defences,
such as consent, as well as the remedies available to a court.

Human Rights Law
An exploration of the rules and theory of human rights and freedoms, with a focus on the right to life, liberty, respect for private and family life and freedom of expression and movement. You will learn about how the law protects your individual rights and freedoms and the restrictions on these, including police powers. How human rights may be enforced through the courts will also be explored.

Future Career Opportunities

Many students go on to study Law at university, often intending to become a lawyer. Some students choose to study other subjects at degree level having benefitted from the knowledge and skills developed during A Level Law. You can also pursue a wide-range of other careers after a Law degree including in social services, business, local or central government or teaching. Alternatively, there are opportunities for employment directly after college, often with additional training, such as or joining the Police or a higher legal apprenticeship to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

Why Study at BSFC?

Different colleges offer different courses. At BSFC we follow the AQA Law syllabus. You will experience outstanding teaching, and extensive support to ensure you reach your potential. There are excellent enrichment opportunities, including the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, visits to the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and activities with legal professionals and universities.