A Level Law
About the course
This course gives students the opportunity to study aspects of the English legal system and criminal law. It is a highly regarded qualification by both employers and Higher Education providers.
A Level Law provides a firm foundation for anyone who wishes to pursue a legal career. However, successful students are not limited to a career in law. Many careers require some legal knowledge. Consequently, it is widely regarded as a valuable qualification.
Why should I choose this course?
You should choose this course if you have an interest in law, good written communication and analytical skills and enjoy intellectual challenge.
Subject Content (This is based on the exam board’s draft specification and may be subject to change)
Unit 1 – English legal system, nature of law and criminal law
Unit 2 – English legal system, nature of law and tort law
Unit 3 – English legal system, nature of law and contract law
Nature of law
All units require knowledge of the nature of law. This includes the difference between legal rules and other rules, civil law and criminal law and different types of law. It also involves an examination of the role law plays in society and the meaning of fault in civil liability. Students will examine Parliamentary law making including a consideration of influences on Parliament, the interpretation of statutes and case law. They will see how the laws are made and by whom and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each.
English legal system
Students will look at the English legal system which can be assessed in each of the Units. This will include the structure of the courts, the role of barristers, solicitors, legal executives, judges, magistrates and jurors. They will also learn of the alternatives to court proceedings.
This topic is specific to unit 1. Students will learn the basic rules, concepts and theories applicable to criminal law. In particular the course covers the law relating to fatal and non-fatal offences against the person, theft, robbery and attempts. In addition the defences of insanity, automatism, intoxication, self- defence and duress.
This topic is specific to unit 2. Students will learn the basic rules, concepts and theories applicable to tort law. In particular the course covers tortious liability for negligence, including negligently inflicted psychiatric harm and economic loss, occupiers liability, vicarious liability, nuisance and liability arising under the doctrine of Rylands v Fletcher. Students will also examine defences and remedies applicable to tort law.
This topic is specific to unit 3. Students will learn the basic rules, concepts and theories applicable to contract law. In particular the course covers the essential elements of a contract, terms and exclusion clauses, factors that may give rise to having a contract set aside, termination of a contract and remedies.
Unit 1 – one 2 hour exam Counts as 33% of the A level
Unit 2 – one 2 hour exam Counts as 33% of the A level
Unit 3 – one 2 hour exam Counts as 33% of the A level
Tbc – as this will be a new specification the recommended book is not available yet.
5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.
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