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Law AS Level at Malbank School and Sixth form College

Course description

AS level Law has been taught for a couple of years at Malbank High School and Sixth Form College as an enrichment [‘option K'] opportunity to develop a variety of skills that can be applied across the curriculum.

At AS level, all students will learn just what Barristers, Solicitors and Judges actually do, as well as how, and why, people do such jobs. You will also look at how ordinary members of the public, just like you, get to participate in the legal process. From there, you will also be provided with an in-depth look at what happens to an individual from time of arrest, appearing in court and to being sentenced by the courts. From there, you will investigate exactly how Parliament and the Courts create and modify our laws, just like the ones you hear about on the news, and the difficulties judges have in applying them.

Course content

LA1: 25%

Understanding Legal Values, Structures and Process
(Topics studied includes Common law and equity, Rule of law, human rights, morality, Criminal Process and Criminal Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, Bail, Jury Trial, The Civil Process, Tribunals, Alternative Dispute Resolution)

LA2: 25%

Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Method
European Law, Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, Legislative Process, Delegated Legislation, Doctrine of Precedent, Law Reform, Legal Profession,

NB: due to the fact that the course runs during an enrichment slot [2 hrs/week], students who wish to sit the AS law exams will need to dedicate several hours of their own time each week to ensure that the material is covered and examination skills are developed. 

Entry requirements

Law is a challenging academic course and it requires high level, flexible thinking skills and good writing skills and you should only opt for this course if you have achieved a grade B or above in English and related subjects such as History and RE.

Future opportunities

Barristers, Solicitors, Judges, Crown Prosecution Service, Politics, the Civil service, journalism, advertising, education.....these are some of the careers where your ability to turn abstract subjects into solid concepts will be highly regarded.

Further information

The advantage of studying law is that you will have already begun to develop your reading, discursive, English, Psychology, History and Sociology.  Above all, a successful A Level indicates that you have strong academics ability. Law is a dynamic subject and will help you develop a number skills, particularly your verbal and written communication, which are essentially for any career of higher education course.

It will be a useful stepping stone to a Law Degree at University but can also lead to any number of non-law University courses, including Forensics, Criminology and Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malbank School and Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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