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Exam Board: AQA

Following this course at AS-Level you will develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal system and an ability to evaluate its operation and performance. The specification introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal law and tort law. At A-Level, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system through criminal and civil law. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

(1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) This unit covers the sources of law including legislation and how it is made by Parliament, how the judges interpret legislation and how they create law through decisions in cases and also delegated legislation such as by laws made by councils. Also covered, is an examination of how disputes are solved within and outside the court system and the various personnel involved for example judges, juries, solicitors and barristers.

AS Unit 2: The Concept of Liability

(1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) In this unit you will explore two areas of substantive law; criminal and tort. The criminal covers nonfatal offences against the person

and sentencing and tort covers negligence and the calculation of damages. The emphasis is on solving legal problems and students learn the skill of applying the rules of law to hypothetical situations.

A2 Unit 3: Criminal Law

(1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) This unit covers non fatal offences in greater detail and also the crimes of murder and manslaughter. You will also learn about defences which can be raised to remove or reduce liability such as self defence and provocation. The skills of using legal sources and of legal problem solving are developed further

A2 Unit 4: Tort and Concepts of Law (2 hour exam; 25% of A-Level) The tort of negligence is explored in more depth, including negligence

Careers and Higher Education

that causes psychiatric injury, and other torts are studied including occupiers’ liability and nuisance. In addition to studying the substantive law you will also look at some interesting concepts such as the extent to which law and morality overlap and the extent to which law achieves justice.

Goes well with . . .

Law goes well with many other subjects, including the Arts and Humanities subjects such as English and History. It also goes well with Social Science subjects such as Business Studies and Economics, and will also combine well with a Modern Foreign Language.

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A Level Law has become increasingly popular over recent years and is highly regarded by employers and universities. For students thinking of studying law at degree level, whilst it is not a compulsory subject for admission it provides a valuable introduction to the nature of law as an academic discipline and it starts to develop important skills such as legal problem solving. Many students, after their first year at university, comment as to how much it helped them. However for those not considering law after school, studying it to A Level provides skills development in research and the use of source materials, writing academic essays with reasoned arguments and critical evaluation. Law affects every aspect of our lives and so some knowledge is useful whatever the choice of career. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web