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Law at The Arnewood School

Course description

The syllabus followed and outlined below is AQA. It is a very issues based course and focuses on topical issues that are currently in the news.

The study of Law helps develop the learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking, which are generic skills to be welcomed on any degree course.

Course content

  • Unit 1; Law Making and the Legal System Students study how Law is made in this country from parliament, through to local authorities and the role of the judiciary
  • Unit 2; The Concept of Liability Types of criminal liability (e.g. recklessness, duty of care and contracts), and the role of courts in procedures, sentencing and awarding damages
  • Unit 3; Criminal Law - Offences against the person Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person e.g. murder, types of manslaughter, insanity
  • Unit 4; Criminal Law - Offences against property, and Concepts of Law Offences against property e.g. theft, fraud, blackmail. Also a synoptic element in this unit looking at morals, fault and justice

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is preferred (in particular English
and a humanities subject).


  • Unit 1 One hour and thirty minute examination taken in June. Weighting = 25% (50% AS)
  • Unit 2 One hour and thirty minute examination taken in June. Weighting =25% (50% AS)
  • Unit 3 One hour and thirty minute  examination taken in June. Weighting =25%
  • Unit 4 Two hour examination taken in June.  Weighting = 25%

Financial information

At the start of both the AS and A2 parts of the course students are encouraged to  purchase textbooks written specifically for this syllabus.

Future opportunities

 The A level in Law provides a useful springboard to study Law at higher level, or equally provides a good grounding in terms of general education and lifelong learning.

Further information

There will also be the opportunity to attend revision lectures. In addition, students are encouraged to compile reference materials, read quality newspapers, watch and record appropriate documentaries and if possible have access to the internet.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Arnewood School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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