Law A Level -

LAW

SPECIFICATION TO BE CONFIRMED

WHY STUDY LAW?

A Level law gives many transferable skills including problem solving, applying theory to real situations, communication skills, research and using evidence to reach logical, objective conclusions. Success in Law demonstrates academic acumen and higher level thinking skills. In addition, legal knowledge is interesting and relevant to daily life. Students find that knowing about civil and criminal law and the legal process gives them a deeper understanding of current affairs and encourages them to find out more about important legal issues.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Likely content will include:

·         Legal system: civil dispute resolution, criminal courts and legal personnel, legal funding.

·         Criminal law: elements, fatal offences, non-fatal offences, property offences, defences, attempts.

·         Law making: Sources of law including legislation and precedent.

·         Tort law: negligence, occupiers’ liability, trespass, vicarious liability, defences,  remedies. 

·         Further law: nature of law, morality, justice, society.

·         Contract law: formation and vitiating factors, essential elements, terms and conditions, exclusion clauses, remedies. 

·         Nature of law: the role it plays in society, civil v criminal law, law and morality and the rule of law.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Progression in Further Education could include a Legal Secretarial or CILEX course which can lead to a career as a Legal Executive.  In Higher Education, Law can be studied as a degree on its own or as a joint honours degree. The legal knowledge gained is useful in many future careers such as banking, retail, insurance, policing, criminal justice and, of course, work in the legal professions as a solicitor or barrister. Students always find it an interesting and useful option choice for their future plans.

CURRENT STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

“It is hard to remember all of the information but it is extremely interesting and informs you about your rights”

- Gabrielle De Cordova-Harris, Year 12

“‘It is hard, but is a satisfying subject because everything you do and learn can be applied to the real world.”

- Fred Reed, Year 12

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Good English skills and logical thinking are required and students must be prepared to research cases and write detailed essays. Students will be required to have grade 5 or above in English GCSE and a grade 4 or higher in mathematics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs W Reading wre@sandon.essex.sch.uk