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Law A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Whether you want a career in Law or are simply interested in how laws work, this is the subject for you. Law A’Level will help you develop your analytical ability and your critical thinking and debating skills. Learn how to solve problems through the application of legal rules, and try your hand at judging real-life civil and criminal cases.

Are you interested in finding out how laws are made? Are you interested in finding out how someone becomes a magistrate, a solicitor, a barrister or a judge? Are you interested in what these people actually do? Are you interested in what happens when someone is called for jury service?

If you answer to at least some of these questions is “yes”, then A’Level Law might be a subject for you seriously to consider. All these topics are addressed in Unit 1.

A typical Unit 2 scenario regarding criminal liability would be: Alan believed that Bhu, a fellow student, had stolen his mobile phone. Alan saw Bhu at college went up to her and said “We sort out thieves like you”. As Bhu hurried away in a panic, Alan’s friend, Carol, sprayed Bhu with red paint. A small amount of paint went into Bhu’s eyes. She was taken to hospital where her eyes were treated to remove the paint. As she went home, and before her sight was fully recovered, she tripped up a kerb and fractured her skull.

How would you prosecute Alan for his criminal liability for his statement to Bhu?

How would you prosecute Carol for her criminal liability regarding the eye injury suffered by Bhu?

Are you interested in finding out about the pre-trial procedure about the trial itself, and about the aims of sentencing?

If you think that you would enjoy solving problems like these, then, again Law might be a subject for you seriously to consider.

Course content

Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System (25%)

Parliamentary law making
Delegated legislation
Statutory interpretation
Judicial precedent
The civil courts
The criminal courts
The legal profession

Unit 2: The Concept of Liability (25%)

An introduction to criminal liability (non-fatal offences against the person)
The principles of criminal liability
The courts: procedures and sentencing An introduction to contract law
Liability in civil law
The courts: procedures and remedies

Unit 3: Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) (25%):

Murder
Voluntary manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter
Non-fatal offences against the person
Defences (Insanity, Automatism, Intoxication, Consent, Self-defence

Unit 4 – Criminal Law (Offences against Property) (25%):
Theft and robbery
Burglary
Blackmail
Fraud
Criminal damage

Also included in this unit:
Law and morals
Law and justice
Judicial creativity

Future opportunities

Most subjects go well with Law. It is for those with an interest in problem solving, and an ability to analyse situations logically. As there are some longer essay-type questions there are links with other essay subjects such as History and English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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