A Level Law at St Bede's Catholic College
The AQA AS/ A Level Law course offered at St Bede’s is aimed at students who are critical thinkers, like to analyse criminal cases, interested in problem solving and applying what they have learned about the law to real case scenarios. The course covers a range of fascinating law cases and encourages students to evaluate how the law was applied so that they can learn how to apply the law to new scenarios.
The AS course consists of two units:
- Unit 1: The English Legal System – looking at topics like how Parliament makes laws, how judges decide on sentences, how civil and criminal courts work and how people can appeal a judgement.
- Unit 2: Criminal and Tort Law – looking at whether the intention of the person is important in criminal cases, cases of common assault and actual bodily harm, how criminal offences are classified and how the criminal courts sentence people. Also, this unit covers how the law decides whether a person has a duty of care to others, whether they have breached (failed to carry out) their duty and how damages are awarded.
The A2 course consists of a further two units:
- Unit 3 – Criminal Law (fatal and non fatal offences against the person) –evaluating cases involving murder, manslaughter and GBH as well as learning how people can defend themselves in criminal cases.
- Unit 4 – Law of Tort and Concepts of Law – evaluating cases including those in which doctors have been negligent, damage to property and trespassers as well as whether an employer can be held responsible for its employee’s behaviour. ‘Concepts of Law’ covers issues such as the difference between a law and a moral, the meaning of ‘justice’ and the extent to which the legal system obtains justice for people.
Students do not need to have studied law at GCSE to take this course, simply an interest in the law and the ability to analyse, debate and think critically.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic College directly.