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Law at Gateshead College

Course description

The course will provide an understanding of the main principles of English and Welsh Law and their developments.

You will develop knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the English legal system and Criminal Law, Law of Contract or Law of Torts.

You will develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly.

What is A Level Law level about?

  • What are the roles of the people in court?
  • What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?
  • What powers do police have today?
  • How is legislation made and interpreted?
  • How can I build a defense case for Murder?
  • What is a law of tort?

A level Law suits students who are interested in a career in Law, whether it is criminal, civil or contract law! If you would like a career in the courtroom then this course will provide you with the understanding and motivation to go further and develop your career.

To do well on the course you need:

  • To be able to remember lots of facts and cases. You will cite these to justify any decisions you make and use them as a basis of making decisions.
  • To be analytical to identify the key issues in a situation and use your knowledge of law to make the correct judgment.
  • Able to make supported judgments based on the development of the law and surrounding cases/legislation.
  • To evaluate. You may not be 100% convinced but the courtroom doesn’t work like this. You must be clear in your judgements.

You may have some of these skills already but obviously we will hope to develop them during the course.

Course content

You must be prepared to research and memorise many legal cases and facts to cite in your assessment.

The course is based around what happens in the legal system and how that impacts on future cases and legislation.

You will develop the ability to critically analyse cases and legislation through studying focused source material, developing your understanding of legal developments and presenting justified arguments.

Decisions will include:

  • Is it justifiable to have crimes of strict liability? Source: v Prince (1875) LR 2 CCR 154
  • Is duress a reasonable defense for Murder? Howe, Rv (1987) HL
  • Should a business be legally responsible for its impact on the wider community? Donoghue v Stevenson (1932)
  • Are the English Legal System and the role of the jury effective?

Law is taught in a variety of ways, there will be a lot of extra reading/researching to do from home. Reading materials will be accessed on our Moodle site.

In class you will participate in a variety of classroom activities to bring the reading to life such as role plays, making story boards, participating in online quizzes and games. There will also be a lot of exam technique activities to prepare you for the exams.

You will also benefit from court room visits to really contextualise your learning. We will also work closely with the local police force and magistrates to also enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*- C including english and maths at grade B or above.

Future opportunities

The majority of A Level Law students develop a passion for the subject which they want to develop further and therefore go on to reading Law at University on a variety of pathways such as Contract or Criminal Law.

However, studying Law develops many skills which are transferrable to a wide range of jobs and courses such as Business, Sociology, Criminology and Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.