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Law AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

In Unit 1 you will learn about the sources of law including legislation and Parliament and the influence of the media and pressure groups on law making. You will also cover the way disputes are solved in criminal and civil law examining the courts and the personnel in the courts such as magistrates and juries. In Unit 2 you will learn the non-fatal offences against the person in criminal law and the tort of negligence in civil law. You will learn the skill of legal analysis so that you can use your knowledge of law to decide liability in case studies.

Course content


AS Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

AS Unit 2: The Concept of Liability


The course will be delivered by a number of methods including presentations by the teacher, teacher led discussion, student research and group work. Comprehensive handouts and exercises are provided throughout.

Entry requirements

A grade ‘B’ at GCSE English and an average point score of 6 or greater is required for entry onto this course.



Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.


Summative assessment will be by two exams each of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Each is worth 50 % of the AS-Level course.  Unit 1 will be taken in January and Unit 2 in June.


Future opportunities

Students who achieve a grade ‘D’ or better can progress to A2 Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.