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Law A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

Can a society be judged by the way it treats criminals? How can I sue someone who has been negligent towards me? Regardless of whether you see yourself as a Barrister or Solicitor in the future, studying law will help you to develop valuable transferable skills such as logic, problem solving, analysing and evaluating. It enhances your ability to communicate opinions and come to conclusions clearly and succinctly, it will also help you substantiate arguments and develop a critical and enquiring mind. As such it provides an excellent background for many University courses and careers.

Course content

AS -

Unit 1; Law Making and the Legal System; How laws are made and interpreted, how legislation is delegated, the work of juries and magistrates, the criminal and civil courts and alternatives to the formal legal system.
Unit 2; The Concept of Liability; How is a crime committed, offences against the person, the criminal court process. How is negligence proved and the civil trial process.
A2 -
Unit 3; Offences Against the Person; The application of the offences of murder, manslaughter, assault and battery and the defences of insanity, automatism, and intoxication.
Unit 4; Offences Against the Property and Concept of Law; Theft, burglary, robbery, blackmail, fraud and the defences of self-defence, intoxication and duress. An extended essay question on themes of justice and morality.

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of Law is required. The course involves a great deal of listening, reading, note-taking and extended writing so you must feel confident with these skills. An enquiring mind, commitment and a determination to work hard are essential.


We follow the AQA Specification and there is no coursework element, you will be required to take 2 exams at AS and 2 exams at A2. Students sit exams in January and June and each exam is worth 25% of your final A-level Grade.

Future opportunities

Law plays a vital role in society and affects virtually all aspects of our lives from driving a car, purchasing goods or negotiating a business contract. A-Level Law is an interesting, stimulating, entertaining and testing subject. We bring the subject alive using a wide range of teaching methods, mock trials, visits to the local courts to watch trials and a visit to London where we go to the Houses of Parliament to see where laws are made and the new Supreme Court to see where they are practically applied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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