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Law A Level at Harris Academy South Norwood

Course description

UNIT 1: LAW MAKING AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes. 50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks. Candidates must answer three questions from eight, one from Section A, Law Making, one from Section B, The Legal System, and one from either Section.

Total marks available = 95(including 5 marks for QWC)

UNIT 2: THE CONCEPT OF LIABILITY 

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes. 50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks. Candidates must answer the compulsory question on Criminal Law and either the question on Tort or the question on Contract.

Total marks available = 95(including 5 marks for QWC)

At AS, candidates will 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 law (either tort or contract).

UNIT 3: CRIMINAL LAW

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes.  25% of total A Level marks. Candidates must answer one three-part question on Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract.

Total marks available = 80 (including 5 marks for QWC)

UNIT 4: LAW OF TORT

Written Paper: 2 hours. 25% of total A Level marks. Candidates choose Section A (Criminal Law – offences against property) or Section B (Tort) and answer one two-part, scenario-based question from a choice of two. In addition in Section C, candidates must produce a synoptic essay on concepts of law (from a choice of three).

Total marks available = 85(including 5 marks for QWC)

At A2, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system and of substantive law through criminal law and/or civil law. Evaluation of the concepts of law continues to be developed at this level of study.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in English Language GCSE and, if taken, Law GCSE. Please see the Generic Entry Requirement Document for more details.

Successful completion of AS Law with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Law.

Assessment

There are two exams at AS, both are 1 hour 30 minutes long. The assessment objectives are common to both AS and A Level.

The schemes of assessment will assess candidates’ ability to:

  • Recall, select, deploy, and develop knowledge and understanding of legal principles accurately and by means of example and citation;
  • Analyse legal material, issues and situations, and evaluate and apply the appropriate legal rules and principles;
  • Present a logical and coherent argument and communicate relevant material in a clear and effective manner using appropriate legal terminology.

Future opportunities

A robust legal system is the foundation of a fair society. If you feel strongly about concepts like justice and equality then this A Level course could be very rewarding for you. You might see yourself as a Barrister, a Solicitor, legal Executive or legal Secretary. Alternatively you might want to choose Law because it is a fascinating course which will help you develop transferable skills such as analysis and problem-solving. Whatever your vision, an A Level in Law is a valuable first step in achieving your ambition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy South Norwood directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017
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