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Law A and AS Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

Law is too important to be left to lawyers - every citizen should have some knowledge of their rights and of how to exercise these. So this is as much a course for those who wish to enter the legal profession – as it is for those who don’t. It is for everybody who has an interest in social justice and fairness – and the role of law in promoting such values. It is for everybody who wishes to investigate how law is used to regulate human conduct, how it is affected by changes in moral values, and how it does (or doesn’t) promote justice and evenhandedness in society.  

Course content

You will read widely and learn through formal instructions and group work. You will prepare cases and present them in class. You will engage in role-plays and debates. You will attend criminal cases at the Carlisle Law Courts. You will also be required to undertake independent learning, in this we mean that you take control of your own learning after being given guidance. You will investigate and explore, showing initiative, discipline and perseverance. You will manage your time efficiently, and show that you can work independently and also as part of a team. You will enjoy yourself! 

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at Grade C or above, which need to include English and Maths. You will need good numeracy skills, as well as the ability to write concisely. This is a very demanding course and you should not undertake it if you are not prepared to work hard.


This course is wholly assessed through hand-written examinations. (There is no coursework component whatsoever). There will be four examinations in total, one on each of the four units (see below for details). You will be examined on Unit1 and Unit 2 in May / June of Year 12, and on Unit 3 and Unit 4 in June of Year 13. The course and assessment process are structured as follows:

Year 12, AS-Level, Unit 1: “Law-Making and the Legal System”

This unit comprises two sections. We shall start by learning about parliamentary law making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation and judicial precedent. Then we shall consider civil courts and dispute resolution, criminal courts and lay people, legal profession and advice/funding, the judiciary. The examination on this unit accounts for 50% of your AS-Level and 25% of your A-Level.

Year 12, AS-Level, Unit 2: “The Concept of Liability”

This unit is also split into two sections. In the first, “Introduction to Criminal Liability” we shall cover Actus Reus, Mens Rea, Non-fatal offences, Court procedure, and Sentencing. In the second, “Introduction to Tort” we shall cover Negligence: Duty of Care, Breach of that duty, Damage, Court procedure, Damages. The examination on this unit accounts for 50% of your AS-Level and 25% of your A-Level. 

Year 13, A-Level, Unit 3: “Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)”

In this single section unit we shall study: Murder, Voluntary manslaughter, Involuntary manslaughter, Non-fatal offences, Defences. The examination on this unit accounts for 25% of your A-Level. 

Year 13, A-Level, Unit 4: “Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law”

In Section A of this unit we shall study: Theft, Robbery and burglary, Blackmail and Fraud, Making off without payment, Criminal damage, Defences. In Section C we shall then study: Law and morals, Law and justice, Judicial creativity, Fault, and Balancing conflicting interests. The examination on this unit accounts for 25% of your A-Level. 

Future opportunities

A-Level Law is useful, but not essential, if you are planning to take a Degree in Law at University and to become a solicitor or barrister. A-Level Law is a well-recognised qualification in itself, and a stepping stone to an enormous range of rewarding careers. Students of Law go on to careers in a wide range of different pathways in the fields of business, education, entertainment, journalism, marketing and sales, politics, science and technology or indeed in Law itself. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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