Law

Qualification: 
A Level
Level: 
3

Exam Board: AQA

Duration: 
2 years

 

Course Content:

  • The Nature of the English Legal System:  Understand how law is made and the role law plays in society, including how a case is taken to court.  We will also consider the extent to which law achieves justice and whether law and morality are the same.
  • Criminal Law: Includes analysis of the non-fatal offences like assault and grievous bodily harm, and the fatal offences of murder and manslaughter, plus property offences such as burglary.
  • Tort: This is an area of Civil Law governing accidents and damage. You will be exploring the principles concerning negligence and other civil wrongs.
  • Law of Contract: Understand what is required to make an agreement legally enforceable and what steps can be taken if someone fails to keep their side of a bargain. Could you write a contract on a dead fish?

Assessment:

100% examination

3 Exam Papers

Studying at Alton College:

You will learn in lots of different ways: through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve you working individually and small and medium-sized groups, in which you will debate and share ideas. There will also be visits to courts and Parliament and talks from law professionals, plus the opportunity for you to take part in a mock trial and to access an extensive computer package offering lectures, cases and links to important legal resources. Through this approach you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with further studies in the future and in any chosen career.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

A grade 5 in English is recommended. 

Course costs:

Essential textbooks: £40 over the 2 years. Optional printed material £20.

Trips to Parliament and the courts  

Law works well with:

History
Philosophy
Politics
Public Services
Sociology
Psychology
Business

What our students say

"Law is a diverse gateway to the competitive working environment. It provides you with skills such as critical thinking, problem analysis and the ability to marshal arguments clearly and precisely."

Eleanore White, previously at Amery HIll School and Danni Castle, previously at Bohunt School