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Law at Brighouse High School

Course description

The A level in law is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop and sustain their enjoyment of, and interest in, law
  • develop knowledge and understanding of selected areas of law
  • gain an understanding of legal method and reasoning
  • develop techniques of logical reasoning and analytical skills to solve problems by applying legal rules
  • develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions, referring to relevant legal authority

Law is a popular and academically demanding subject which requires a wide range of skills. You will be expected to take part in class discussions and engage in debates. As the course is assessed through examinations, essay writing will be an integral feature of the course and it is an expectation that you will have a good standard of written English.

Course content

Year 12 Course Content:

At AS, candidates develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal system and an ability to evaluate its operation and performance. The specification introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal law and civil tort law.

Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

Topics covered such as:

  • Parliamentary Law Making: influences on Parliament: legislative process
  • Roles of the House of Commons, Lords, and Crown; the types of Bill, Parliamentary supremacy
  • Effect of membership of EU & Human Rights Act
  • Civil Courts and appeal system.
  • The Legal Profession and other Barristers, solicitors and legal executives: qualification, diversity, training and work of each group.


Unit 2: Introduction to Criminal Liability/ Introduction to Tort

Topics covered such as:

  • Actus reus :Causation, Mens rea: Strict Liability.
  • The Courts: Procedure and Sentencing, bail, burden and standard of proof.
  • Liability in Negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property.
  • The Courts: Procedure and the calculation of damages, res ipsa loquitur.


Year 13 Course Content:

At A2, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system and of substantive law through criminal law.


Unit 3: Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)

Topics covered such as:

  • Murder, Voluntary manslaughter.  Defences of loss of control and diminished responsibility.
  • Involuntary manslaughter; Gross negligence manslaughter, unlawful act manslaughter.
  • Non-fatal offences against the person; Assault, Battery, Actual Bodily Harm, Wounding and Grievous Bodily Harm.
  • Defences; Insanity, Automatism, Intoxication, Consent, Self-defence/prevention of crime.
  • Evaluation of the above, including consideration of proposals for reform.


Unit 4: Criminal Law (Offences against Property)/Concepts of Law

  • Theft, Robbery, Burglary, Blackmail, fraud by false representation and obtaining services dishonestly, Making off without payment.
  • Criminal Damage (basic and aggravated), Defences; Intoxication, Duress, Duress of circumstances, Self-defence/prevention of crime.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:   A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English Language.



AS course: 2 exams at the end of year 12 in May/June 2017

A2 course: 2 exams at the end of year 13 in May/June 2018

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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