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A2 Level Law at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy

Course description

A level Law is a dynamic course designed to stretch and challenge our students. The skills you will develop whilst studying this respected qualification are wide and appeal to future employers and universities. Study at AS/A2 level provides a useful background for the further study of law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree. The study of law helps develop the learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the application of legal rules. You will consolidate skills in communication, problem solving and team work. As the issues studied are often topical and controversial you will have the chance to become more skilled at reasoning, deduction, analysis, organisation and evaluating information. As a result of having to defend your opinions and conclusions in class discussions you will find yourself with many chances to develop your self confidence. Course content The course will consist of 2 units at AS level and 2 further units at A2. Each unit is equally weighted. The examining body is AQA ? Unit 1 – LAW01 Law Making and the Legal System Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes Candidates answer questions on three topics ? Unit 2 – LAW02 The Concept of Liability Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes Candidates answer questions on two scenarios A2 Examinations ? Unit 3 – LAW03 Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract Externally-assessed examination, 1 hour 30 minutes Candidates answer three questions on one scenario ? Unit 4 – LAW04 Criminal Law (Offences against Property) or Tort, and Concepts of Law Externally-assessed examination, 2 hours Candidates answer two questions on one scenario and one essay question AS Unit LAW01 Law Making and the Legal System Key issues you will study are: ? How is a law made? ? What is delegated Legislation and how does it work? ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the influences on Parliament and of Parliamentary law making? ? How does Judicial Precedent work and is it valuable? ? How do we resolve disputes? ? Who can give us advice in the legal profession? ? How do the courts work? ? What are the strengths & weaknesses of the judiciary? AS Unit 2 LAW02 The Concept of Liability Candidates will have an Introduction to ? Criminal Liability ? The Courts: Procedure and Sentencing Outline of Criminal Courts: Magistrates and Crown. ? Sentencing ? Introduction to Tort ? The Courts: Procedure and Damages Outline of Civil Courts: County Court, High Court. ? An Introduction to Contracts A2 Unit 3 LAW03 Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract Law Content covered will include: ? Murder ? Manslaughter ? Assault & battery ? Defences ? Formulating contracts ? Remedies for breach of contract A2 Unit 4 LAW04 Criminal Law (Offences against Property) or Tort, and Concepts of Law Content includes: ? Theft ? Robbery ? Blackmail ? Fraud ? Criminal damage ? Negligence ? Trespass Expectations Students will be provided with a set text for each unit studied, however wider reading is essential for success, thus students will also be provided with a comprehensive reading list and useful websites. A variety of teaching techniques will be used and students will be expected to fully participate in all activities. All units will set regular work which is expected to be completed to a high standard and deadlines met whether it is classwork or independent study. At this standard independent learning is essential if students are to fully achieve their potential. Teaching Policy Students can expect teaching of the highest standard where all will be stretched and challenged. They will be fully supported with access to teaching resources, electronic notes and advice. Staff will also be easily accessible out of lesson time to answer queries or to mark extra work through email. A glossary will be provided for each unit.

Entry requirements

All students will already have achieved success in Law /History/ English with a GCSE grade C or above which will provide them with a basis for the skills they will develop at AS/A2 level. The transition process will involve careful structuring to support students in raising their level of expectation and achievement to meet this higher standard.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of law, business studies, politics and more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to law such as a Lawyer, Solicitor or Barrister. The course will also help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many other employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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