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AS/A2 Level Law at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description

Examination Board: AQA

Have you have ever wondered what it takes to become a solicitor or what the difference is between a barrister and a solicitor? Are you curious to know why some people are found guilty of criminal offences and others are found innocent, why some are charged with murder and some with manslaughter? Have you ever thought it an injustice that some people commit serious crimes but don‘t get sent to prison? If you want any of these questions answered then you should opt for Law.

Aims of the course

This course gives you a grounding in the main principles of English and Welsh laws but it also helps to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the English Legal System.

Programme of Study


Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

Section AThis section will look at how laws are made and what impact both the House of Commons and - House of Lords has on the legislative process. It will also look at what influences operate on Parliament e.g. media and pressure groups and the Law Commission. This section also looks at where Parliament can delegate the making of legislation and what controls operate on this process.

Section B - This section will look at the court system (both civil and criminal) as well as exploring other ways of resolving disputes ADR). It covers professional people involved in the law (barristers, solicitors and judges) as well as looking at lay people (juries and magistrates).This section also looks at funding and other sources of advice.

The Unit is assessed by a 90 minute examination where candidates have to select ONE question from Section A and ONE question from Section B. A further question from EITHER Section A or Section B must then be answered.

2: The Concept of Liability Unit

AIn this section you will be introduced to the underlying principles of criminal liability as well as Section - the offences of assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. The criminal courts will be examined in conjunction with sentencing and its aims.

BIn section B you will be introduced to liability in negligence and the concept of Tort. Duty of care, Section - breach of duty of care and resulting damage will be examined as well as an outline of the civil courts and ADR. Damages are also an integral a part of this section and exploration of the different types of remedies will be undertaken.

The Unit is assessed by a 90 minute examination where candidates will answer TWO questions, one from each section.


The A2 course requires the study of a further two units:-

Unit 3: Fatal Offences Against the Person

In this unit you will undertake an in depth study into the criminal law of fatal offences. Topics covered will include murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and non-fatal offences against the person. You are also expected to cover defences to the crimes studied as well as being able to critically evaluate the offences covered

The Unit is assessed by a 90 minute examination where candidates will answer one three part question.

Unit 4: Property Offences and Concepts of Law

In this unit you will look at property offences. This includes theft and robbery, burglary, blackmail and fraud, making off without payment as well as criminal damage and defences.In addition to this you will explore the concepts of law which includes a study of law and morality, law and justice, judicial creativity, fault and balancing conflicting interests. It is here that you will be expected to bring together knowledge gained in other units.



by a 120 minute examination where candidates will answer two questions.


This unit is assessed

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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