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Law AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

Law is not just about police, courts and criminals. Law concerns the legal framework on which we build our everyday lives as individuals, family members and our rights as citizens and consumers. The aim of the A Level Law course is to explore the underlying framework of the law, learn about and apply key areas of the law, i.e. Criminal Law and Tort Law and assess the impacts of Human Rights on the legal system. The course leads to a national A Level qualification.

Firstly, you will learn about the underlying principles that our legal system is built upon, including: the court hierarchy; roles of legal professionals; the various law making bodies. Following on from the underlying legal principles, you will study various laws in more depth and discuss how to apply these in real life situations. Laws that you will study include Offences Against the Person; Homicide; Property Offences; Negligence and Nuisance. You will discuss the ethical aspect of law, i.e. does and should the law be based upon the morals of society? Finally you will examine the fundamentals of Human Rights and the impact this has on our legal system.

Much of the subject matter is approached through class discussion, the use of video material, internet activities, textbooks and reference to topical events. You will be given a course handbook that contains information, activities and homework tasks to be completed. You will also be encouraged to draw on your own experiences in order to look at the world and analyse current affairs within a legal framework.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.

Assessment

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

You will take 3 Exams at the end of the second year:

Paper 1 - The Nature of Law and the English Legal System. Criminal Law

Paper 2 - The Nature of Law and the English Legal System. Tort Law

Paper 3 - Human Rights

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

You will gain nationally recognised qualifications accepted by employers and as an entry requirement in Higher Education. A Level Law is well regarded in banking, the Civil Service, Local Government and industry. Besides leading to a career in the legal profession, it can help to develop a career in marketing, personnel and retail management.

Further information

The Law department is a very innovative department and makes comprehensive use of the college Virtual Learning Environment (I-Site). All materials including online textbooks, online law journals, twitter, revision booklets and MP3 revision files can be accessed by all learners via the Internet. In addition to the classroom activities, the Law department runs an annual study visit to London and has a number of guest speakers to visit the college such as Solicitors, Barristers and the CPS to provide career advice.

For more information, please contact Laura Lowe - Head of Law: laura.lowe@nulc.ac.uk or 01782 254382

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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