Law AS and A level at Frome Community College
Why do we have laws? Who decides what our laws are? Is the law always fair? What is a crime? Why is some behaviour criminal? Does our justice system treat people fairly? These are the sorts of questions you will consider in A Level Law: a fascinating subject which will give you an understanding of how law is created, how our legal system works and of criminal law.
Year 12 (AS)
Terms 1 and 2
Sources of Law
This unit is about how laws are made. We will consider:
• Judicial precedent (laws made by judges)
• Statutory interpretation (how judges interpret acts of Parliament)
• Delegated legislation (including bylaws made by councils)
• Law reform.
Terms 3 and 4
English Legal System
This unit is about how the legal system works and the main actors within it. Topics include:
• Police powers
• The criminal justice system
• Magistrates and juries
• Solicitors and barristers
• The civil justice system
• ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution).
Terms 5 and 6
Revision and Exams
Year 13 (A2)
Terms 1, 2 and 3
Topics covered include: principles of criminal liability, murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person (from assault and battery to grievous bodily harm with intent), offences against property (theft, robbery) and defences such as insanity, duress and necessity.
Criminal Law Special Study
An in-depth study of a controversial area of law. For 2015/16 the topic is the defence of consent.
Terms 5 and 6
Revision and exams
5 GCSE grades A* - C including English and/or maths and grade B in GCSE English or history
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Frome Community College directly.