Law

Why study Law?
The Eduqas 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 law

    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.

    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 Eduqas
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/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 legal institutions, including the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court
  • talks by selected speakers e.g. Magistrates, barristers

The A level includes a general introduction to how the English legal system works, as well as elements of three areas of law: Crime, Tort (negligence) and Contract.

Questions include knowledge based questions (e.g. Explain what is meant by the ratio decidendi and obiter dicta of a judgement), application to scenarios (e.g. Advise Jenny whether she may be criminally liable for David’s death), and evaluation questions (e.g. Analyse and evaluate whether the law on murder should be reformed).

Subject Content:

A level Law

  • Law making and the Nature of Law
    • Parliamentary law making
    • Delegated legislation
    • Statutory Interpretation
    • Judicial Precedent
  • The English Legal System:
    • Civil Courts
    • Criminal Process
    • Legal personnel
    • Access to justice and funding
  • The Nature of Law
    • The rule of law
    • Law and justice
    • Balancing conflicting interests
    • Law and morality
  • Contract
    • The rules of contract law
    • Essential requirements of contract
    • Express and implied terms
    • Misrepresentation and economic duress
    • Discharge of contract
    • Remedies
  • Tort:
    • The rules and theory of tort
    • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property
    • Occupiers’ liability
    • Torts connected to land
    • Vicarious liability
    • Defences
    • Remedies
  • Criminal law:
    • The rules and theory of criminal law
    • General elements of liability
    • Non-fatal and fatal offences against the person
    • Property offences, including theft and robbery
    • Capacity defences of insanity and intoxication
    • Necessity defences of self defence, duress and duress of circumstances
    • Preliminary offences of attempt

Assessment details:

A-Level – 2 Year Course

Paper 1 (25% of A level):

·     The nature of Law and the English Legal System

Paper 2 (37.5% of A level):

·      Substantive Law in Practice

Paper 3 (37.5% of A level):

·      Perspectives of Substantive Law