Law

Why study Law?

The AQA specification for Law at A-level seeks to provide:

  • An appreciation of the law and its function in society
  • A working knowledge of three areas of substantive lawThe aim of the course is to gain legal knowledge and for students to learn to look at it objectively, to reason logically and to apply, analyse and evaluate the law.Students will gain a good knowledge of basic legal rights and an idea of what the subject is like, should they wish to pursue further study in this field. Even if students are not considering a legal career, the study of law can be beneficial, rewarding and stimulating in its own right and students learn many transferable skills.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for? A wide range of career choices are potentially available. These include careers within the legal system e.g. solicitor, barrister, as well as careers as diverse as accountancy, personnel management, company secretaryship, the police, local government, the civil service and surveying.

Key Information Summary:

Course Title Law
Examination Board AQA
Linear Qualification? No
Course Webpage http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/law
Entry Requirements Grade 5 in GCSE English language or literature.
Contact Teachers

Mrs D Roussak droussak@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Mr J Mayhew jmayhew@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Course Details:

The aim of the course is to gain legal knowledge and for students to learn to look at it objectively, to reason logically and to apply, analyse and evaluate the law.

Students will gain a good knowledge of basic legal rights and an idea of what the subject is like, should they wish to pursue further study in this field. Even if students are not considering a legal career, the study of law can be beneficial, rewarding and stimulating in its own right and students learn many transferable skills.

Lessons will involve a combination of presentations, group discussions and problem solving exercises. Students will be encouraged to follow media coverage of legal issues. The classroom work will be supplemented by:

  • use of ICT and internet
  • the student’s own personal study and homework essays
  • visits to various courts of law and legal institutions, including the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court
  • talks by selected speakers e.g. Magistrates, barristers Questions at AS level include knowledge based questions (e.g. What is meant by mens rea?), application to scenarios e.g. an attack and evaluation questions. At A2, as well as knowledge-based questions, there are more complex application questions and evaluation questions.

A level Law

Subject Content:

  • The A level syllabus includes everything covered in the AS in more detail, plus Contract.
  • The AS includes a general introduction to how the English legal system works, as well as elements of two areas of law: Crime and Tort (negligence).

Nature of law:

  • Law and society
  • Law and morality
  • Law and justice
  • The rule of law

Law making:

  • Parliamentary law making
  • Delegated legislation
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Judicial precedent
  • Law reform
  • The European Union

The legal system:

  • The civil courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • The criminal courts and lay people
  • Legal personnel and the judiciary
  • Access to justice and funding

Criminal law:

  • The rules of criminal law
  • General elements of liability
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Theory of criminal law
  • Fatal offences against the person
  • Property offences
  • Preliminary offence – attempt
  • Defences
    • Capacity defences
    • Necessity defences

Tort:

  •  The rules of tort law
  • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Remedy of compensatory damages
  • Theory of tort
  • Pure economic loss
  • Psychiatric injury
  • Injunctions and balancing conflicting interests
  • Vicarious liability
  • Liability in negligence for economic loss and psychiatric injury
  • Nuisance and the escape of dangerous things
  • Vicarious liability
  • Defences
  • Remedies – compensation and injunctions

Contract

  • The rules of contract law
  • Theory of contract law – analysis and evaluation
  • Essential requirements of contract
  • Contract terms:
    • general
    • Specific terms implied by statute law in consumer contracts
    • Exclusion clauses
  • Vitiating factors
  • Discharge
  • Remedies

 

Assessment details:

A-Level – 2 Year Course

Paper 1 (33% of A level):

·         The nature of law and the English legal system

·         Criminal Law

 

Paper 2 (33% of A level):

·         The nature of law and the English legal system

·         Tort

 

Paper 3 (33% of A level):

·         The nature of law and the English legal system

·         Contract