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Law A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

Students are given an eight week revision guide, an AS Law handbook and a revision guidance note booklet. Lessons will take the form of a mix of lecture, discussion, group exercises and PowerPoint presentation. Throughout the course students will have a number of opportunities to take part in mooting sessions (mock Trials) that reinforce learning and help with revision. Homework involves a mix of essays, exercises and exam questions from previous papers. The teacher’s notes are on the shard drive and students can access these additional information. All students sit modules in the summer

Course content

Unit 1: English Legal System. This looks at how a criminal case is brought, starting with the police investigation through the judicial process of trial and appeals to sentencing and the nature of punishment. Special consideration is given to the balance between civil rights and freedoms and the need for and extent of police powers. In addition, the course looks at miscarriages of justice and how these are dealt with. The civil process is also examined from the issue of a writ through to the award of damages. Alternatives to the courts are considered along with the European Court of Justice. The Unit also looks at the people who operate the judicial system, including judges, barristers, solicitors and role of the Crown Prosecution Service. Particular attention is paid to lay people in the system such as Magistrates and juries. The provision of legal services is examined through government funding, advice agencies and the legal profession.

Unit 2: Sources of Law. England and Wales is different from the rest of Europe in that we operate a Common law system. This is law that is made and developed in the courts. We also look at the role of Parliament and the making and interpretation of Statutes, the importance of delegated legislation and the growing importance of law that originates from Europe, and the impact this is having on English Law.

Unit 3: Criminal Law 1. In preparing for this unit, students will look at such topics as the principles of criminal liability, including causation and the different levels of intent to commit a crime, concentrating on the offences of murder and manslaughter. non-fatal offences against the person, such as assaults, and offences against property such as theft, robbery, burglary and criminal damage. Particular attention will be paid to the general defences that are available to any crime, including the defences of insanity, automatism, duress, mistake and intoxication.

Unit 4: Criminal Law Special Study. In this module students will carry out a special study or an area of Criminal Law. Students are issued with a booklet of material based on this area of law, which forms the starting point for individual research intended to show an understanding of the law. Students will be asked to analyse, evaluate and apply the law in issue.

Entry requirements

At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements.


Exams for each module.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years