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Law A Level at Clacton County High School

Course description

Studying Law provides an opportunity for students to gain a highly respected academic qualification and to develop a range of skills essential in the workplace and key to successfully studying for a Degree, including improved communication, organisation, problem-solving and team work. It enables you to develop your powers of analysis and logical thinking. You will be encouraged to take an interest in current affairs so that you have a better understanding of how the law works in real life situations.

In Years 12 and 13 you will learn about how to become a lawyer and the work they do, how our laws are made and how the English Legal System works including the role played by juries and magistrates and how a case progresses through the courts. You will also learn some of the legal rules in both Criminal and Civil law and how to apply these to a range of factual situations. There is also opportunity to explore a range of concepts including morality and the importance of fault in proving liability.

Topics include:

  • The English Legal system; including the training and work of lawyers; juries and magistrates; how a case is brought to court; hearings and appeals
  • Introduction to law making: Who makes our laws, how they are made and interpreted
  • Criminal liability in offences ranging from ABH to murder
  • Criminal defences and sentencing
  • Civil liability in negligenc
  • Civil defences and remedies

Studies in Year 12 are supported by a visit to the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice in London, and Year 13 studies are complemented by a three-day residential trip to Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. This course will suit you if you have a high standard of written and spoken English.

Students with an interest in current affairs and/or politics in particular will find this course interesting. The course is delivered through a range of learning activities including debates, group work, quizzes and trips.

Many CCHS Law students have progressed to study Law or any of a range of subjects at university, including English, History, Politics, Teaching, Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. Some have pursued careers in the legal profession or in business, accountancy, education and the police force to name but a few!

Entry requirements

A minimum of six GCSEs (grades A*-C) is required, including Maths and English. Students will normally require a minimum of a GCSE (grade B) in any subject they wish to study at A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clacton County High School directly.

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

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