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Law A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Law is about…

 

  • understanding the way the English legal system works;

  • using legal skills;

  • learning about and discussing the development of the law in England and Wales; and

  • developing a knowledge of criminal law, the law of tort, human rights law and being able to apply the law to real life scenarios.

 

There are three units:

 

Paper 1 – The legal system and criminal law – 2 hours (33% of A Level)

This component introduces learners to the legal system. It also introduces learners to the concept of liability through an introduction to criminal law (specifically murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person, theft, robbery and burglary). This component is split into two sections, Section A: the legal system and Section B: criminal law.

 

Paper 2 – Law making and the law of tort – 2 hours (33% of A Level)

This component introduces learners to law making. It also introduces learners to the concept of liability through an introduction to the law of tort (specifically negligence, occupiers’ liability, nuisance and vicarious liability). This component is split into two sections, Section A: law making and Section B: the law of tort.

 

Paper 3 – The nature of law and human rights law – 2 hours (33% of A Level)

This component will enable learners to extend their study of law. They will explore and consider in more detail the nature of law and develop their legal knowledge through the study of human rights law (specifically key provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, restrictions on, and enforcement of, human rights law). This component is split into two sections, Section A: the nature of law and Section B: human rights law.

 

 

Course content

This course focuses on the English legal system and areas of both private and public law within the law of England and Wales. Learners will be required to show knowledge and understanding of the nature of law and the English legal system. This will provide learners with the foundation for the study of both private and public law. This specification will develop learners’ understanding of legal method and reasoning through the study of statutory interpretation and judicial precedent.

 

Learners will be introduced to the concept of legal liability through the study of criminal law and the law of tort. This will enable them to develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and offer answers to legal problems, based on legal rules and principles and develop the ability to construct and communicate legal arguments by reference to appropriate legal authorities. The A Level in Law will develop learners’ knowledge of law through advanced study of human rights law and they will develop their critical awareness of the law through the study of the nature of law.

Entry requirements

Essential: Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Desirable: Grade 6 in either GCSE English Language or English Literature

APS: 5.5

Future opportunities

Knowledge of some law will enable learners to take their legal studies further with a greater insight into what they are studying, perhaps leading to a career as a solicitor or barrister. Many of our students go on to top universities to study law (and other subjects) and often develop a career in an area which at first sight seems to be unrelated to law such as accountancy, finance, journalism or education.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Mr Elliott, Head of Year and Teacher of Law at the St. Neots Sixth Form Cente, via sixthform@snlp.org.uk (and follow @LongsandsLaw on Twitter).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year

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