Law A Level
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!
Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 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 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.
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 it has with justice and morality.
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.
Contracts are entered all the time, for example, when you go shopping or eat out with family or friends. If a problem arises, the law of contract helps people to resolve the dispute by providing rules to decide where the blame lies and what potential solutions are available.
There are three two hour examination papers: Paper 1 - Criminal Law; Paper 2 - The Law of Tort; Paper 3 - Contract Law. The Nature of Law and English Legal System is assessed in each of these papers, making up 25% of the marks. All the exam papers are equally weighted. Questions are multiple choice, short and longer essay and problem-questions.
Enrichment and Work Experience
There are great opportunities for enrichment in Law as there will be a wide-range of different activities and events involving legal professionals and universities. Educational visits include the Police Museum and the Courts. You can also join the Law Society and be a member of the college team, competing against other schools and colleges in the Bar National Mock Trial competition as a lawyer, witness, court clerk, usher or court artist. There is also the opportunity to participate in a mooting competition hosted by the University of Law. Members of the Law Society also showcase their talents by putting on mock trials for local schools.
A Level Law is an intellectually challenging subject that requires the ability to memorise an immense number of legal principles from cases and Acts of Parliament. Exam questions require a thorough analysis and application of these legal principles.
Links with other subjects:
For those interested in a career in business or accountancy, this course combines well with Business, Accounting and ICT. For those interested in criminology/social work, it will combine well with Psychology and Sociology.
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. 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.