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Law A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

The law affects every aspect of our lives. You only have to pick up a newspaper to see, with every page-turn, evidence of the Law at work. If you’re interested in current events, a career in law, politics or business then this course is for you. Almost half of the A level law students from Woodhouse go on to study law at university with ultimate destinations ranging from Russell Group Universities through to apprenticeship schemes in law firms.

Course content

You will gain an understanding of both criminal and civil law and how they each impact on everyday lives. At the highest level, the skills you learn over these two years will give you an ability to look at all sides of an issue, to detect bias, to debate and to analyse complex arguments.

In the first year, you will learn about the roles of magistrates, judges and juries in our society, how and why people sue each other and how law is made in parliament. You will learn about criminal offences such as ABH and GBH and negligence law, for example if a doctor gives you the wrong treatment.

In the second year, you will learn about murder, manslaughter and self defence. In civil law you will learn about tragic events like Hillsborough and what to do if your neighbour plays music all night. You will also discuss the philosophy behind law and look at questions on law and justice and law and morality.

The course combines class exercises based on current news stories, written projects, role-play and debate, as well as visits to The Old Bailey, The Supreme Court, The High Court and a Magistrates Court. There will be lectures from people in the business and legal world and the opportunity to participate in a mock murder trial.

Entry requirements

B at GCSE in an essay subject such as English, history or religious studies and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - AQA

At the end of each year your work will be assessed through two examinations, made up of a combination of essay and problem solving questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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