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Law A-Level at St John Payne Catholic School

Course description

The course involves the study of the major legal institutions and basic areas of substantive law. The AS award is available as a one-year course and the ‘A’ Level award is available as a two-year course.

The study of law involves a number of trips to both civil and criminal courts to observe cases and it is important that students follow major legal issues and read the law reports produced in the quality press and available via the internet. The course also involves a considerable amount of reading and demands an ability to write essays in a clear logical style and an ability to apply the law to problem situations. Most of all the course demands enthusiasm and commitment.

Law is a very popular A Level subject with over 80 students currently attending and it is expected that demand for places will continue to increase in September 2015.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary Award

Unit 1 Law Making & the Legal System

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of total AS marks 25% of total A Level marks

Candidates must answer three questions from eight, one from Section A, Law Making, one from Section B, The Legal System and one from either section. Total marks available = 95 (including 5 marks for QWC)

Subject Content

Section A: Law Making

  • Parliamentary law making
  • Delegated legislation
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Judicial precedent

Section B: The Legal System

  • The civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The criminal courts and lay people
  • The legal profession and other sources of advice and funding
  • The judiciary

Unit 2 The Concept of Liability

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of total AS marks 25% of total A Level marks

Candidates must answer the compulsory question on Criminal Law and one question on Tort. Total marks available = 95 (including 5 marks for QWC)

Subject Content

Section A: Introduction to Criminal Liability

  • Underlying principles of criminal liability
  • The Courts: procedure and sentencing

Section B: Introduction to Tort

  • Liability in negligence
  • The Courts: procedure and damages

Advanced Level Award

Unit 3 Criminal Law

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes 25% of total A Level marks

Candidates must answer one three-part question on Criminal Law (Offences against the Person). Total marks available = 80 (including 5 marks for QWC)

Subject Content

Section A: Criminal Law (fatal and non-fatal offences against the person)

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Defences
  • Evaluation

Unit 4 Tort and Concepts of Law

Written Paper: 2 hours 25% of total A Level marks

Candidates choose Section B Tort and answer one two-part, scenario-based question from a choice of two. In addition in Section C, candidates must produce a synoptic essay on concepts of law (from a choice of three). Total marks available = 85 (including five marks for QWC).

Subject Content

Section B: Law of Tort  Negligence  Occupiers’ liability  Nuisance and escape of dangerous things  Vicarious liability  Defences  Remedies

Section C: Concepts of Law  Law and morals  Law and justice  Judicial creativity  Fault  Balancing conflicting  Interests

Entry requirements

Please note the minimum requirement to study AS levels at our Sixth Form is a GCSE points score of 42 points from your best 8 GCSE results. We award 8 points for an A* grade, 7 points for a grade A, 6 points for a grade B, 5 points for a grade C, 4 points for a grade D, 3 points for a grade E, 2 points for a grade F and 1 point for a grade G.

Subject Specific

English C

Future opportunities

The subject is complementary to Business Studies, Economics, English, History, Geography and Modern Languages. Possible career choices linking in this subject include: Barrister, Solicitor, General Finance/Business, Banking, Government, Accountancy, International Organisation, Civil Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Payne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

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