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Law A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

If you are interested in current events, enjoy discussing controversial topics and are interested in knowing your rights, then A Level Law is for you.

Course content

The course follows the OCR syllabus. In the fi rst year we look at where laws comefrom. This involves studying Parliament and the how it creates laws and Judge-made laws and how these evolve as society changes. We also study juries and magistrates, visiting the criminal courts in Truro. We study police powers and suspects’ rights, with visits from the police and other outside bodies. We have class debates on important issues such as compulsory jury service, human rights, or sexism in the law. Mock trials are also held.

Students are encouraged to research topics, make notes, with learning re-enforced with games and quizzes.

In the second year criminal off ences suchas homicide, theft, assault and attempt are studied using a variety of activities - role play, cartoon storylines, mock news reports, games, debates and video presentations.

Past papers are used extensively to prepare for all examinations.

The course aims to be interesting and sometimes amusing, but most importantly, attempts to get the best out of all students.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grade C’s or above. GCSE Law is NOT required – most students have never studied Law before.


Unit 1 - Choice of essay questions cover-ing the varying topics we have studied over the year.2 hour exam - 60% of AS mark, 30% of fi nal A-Level mark

Unit 2 - Series of questions whereby the candidate applies source material provided in the examination 1 hour exam - 40% of AS mark, 20% of fi nal A-Level mark

Unit 3 - A variety of questions focussing on Criminal Law including essay writing, evaluation of statements and application of legal facts to hypothetical scenarios 2 hour exam - 60% of A2 mark, 30% of fi nalA-Level mark

Unit 4 - Criminal Law Special Study based on pre-released source material on a chosen topic. The topic will be released closer to the exam date. 1 hour 30 minutes exam- 40% of A2 mark, 20% of fi nalA-Level mark.

Future opportunities

A Level law is a good university entrance qualifi cation.It is also useful for a career in:Law – A level Law counts towards part of the Legal Executive course, Central or Local Government, Teaching, Politics, Banking & Commerce, the Police or the Armed Services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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