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Law A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

It is possible to describe law as the body of official rules and regulations, generally found in constitutions, legislation, judicial opinions, and the like, that is used to govern a society and to control the behaviour of its members, so Law is a formal mechanism of social control. Legal systems are particular ways of establishing and maintaining social order.

Course content

The English Legal System Unit 1 Introduction: This unit is based on areas of knowledge and understanding of how the laws are made and the different methods of such. You are expected to have knowledge and understanding of, for example, Civil and Criminal Courts, Police Powers, The Penal System and the Judiciary.

Sources of Law Unit 2 Introduction: This unit is based on areas of knowledge and understanding of the English legal system. You are expected to have knowledge and understanding of Doctrine of precedent; Legislation; European Union law; Law reform.

Criminal Law Unit 3 Introduction: You are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of criminal law and to develop a critical awareness of the present state of criminal law in relation both to the scope of specific crimes and the applicability of particular defences. You are expected to have a general appreciation of the role of criminal law in modern society and to be able to relate this to specific issues, e.g. whether it is justifiable to have crimes of strict liability.

Criminal Law Special Study Unit 4 Introduction: This unit is based on pre-released materials: a special study booklet sent out to centres at the beginning of the course, which provides a starting point for study of the topics set. Each booklet contains source material, such as extracts from judgements or Acts of Parliament or academic articles on a specific area(s) of criminal law. In this way the source material will indicate the area(s) of substantive law that will be tested.

You are expected to demonstrate understanding of the area(s) of law and the development of law and to use legal methods and reasoning to analyse legal material, to select appropriate legal rules and apply these in order to draw conclusions. You will be expected to draw together knowledge of legal processes and/or legal issues and make connections between these and the substantive law. You will be required to support your knowledge by citation of relevant leading cases and the main provisions of relevant statutes.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*- C or equivalent.You should have at least a B grade in a Humanities subject and English.

Assessment

AS will be examined through two papers, each with a percentage weighting to combine to make an overall AS grade. Unit 1 - The English Legal System This exam will be 2 hours long and consist of questions surrounding the Civil and Criminal Courts, the Judiciary and Police Powers.

This exam will be worth 60% of the overall AS. Unit 2 - Sources of Law This exam will be 1 hour long and consist of questions surrounding the making of law including looking at the influences from the European Union. This exam will be worth 40% of the overall AS.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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