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Law AS/A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a course which looks at how the English Legal System works and areas of law such as Criminal Law.


Course content

In Year 1, you will study Units 1 and 2 for an AS Level. In Year 2, you will take Units 3 and 4 to complete the full A Level.

Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System – Assessed by Examination

You will study the English legal system, looking at how the civil and criminal courts operate. This will involve a study of the jury and magistrates. You will also study how law is made, including statute law, how statute is interpreted and a study of delegated legislation.

Unit 2: The Concept of Liability – Assessed by Examination

This unit covers the basic principles of criminal law, including offences against the person and sentencing. It will also include an introduction to tort, looking at negligence and compensation.

Unit 3: Criminal Law – Assessed by Examination

This unit is a study of criminal law. You will study non-fatal offences against the person such as grievous bodily harm. You will also study murder, manslaughter and the defences available to these offences, such as insanity and intoxication.

Unit 4: Property Offences and Concepts of Law – Assessed by Examination

This will involve studying various property offences such as theft, robbery, burglary and criminal damage, as well as the defence of duress. There is also a study of the concepts of law, such as the relationship between law and morals and law and justice.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English Language
  • You do not need to have studied Law before


Future opportunities

Law combines well with many different subjects, particularly History, Politics, and Sociology. This course can be a route into a legal career such as a solicitor, barrister, legal executive, or other careers such as the police, civil service and teaching.

Further information

The main study methods include discussion-based lessons, group work and group presentations. You will need to keep up to date with the law by reading newspaper articles and law journals provided. There are visits to the local courts and to the central criminal court in London.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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