Law

The faculty offers both A level Law and a BTEC National Applied Law courses at post 16 level.

A level law follows the AQA Law syllabus (2160). In Year 12, candidates will develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal system and an ability to evaluate its operation and performance. Students will also be introduced to the substantive law areas of Criminal law: Offences Against the Person, and Tort Law. Students will develop the skills required to apply the principles of criminal law and civil/Tort law to given scenarios. In Year 13, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system and of substantive law through both criminal law and Tort law, as well as either through Contract or Human Rights law. Evaluation of the concepts of law continues to be developed at this level of study and students are introduced to some of the basic debates in the field of Jurisprudence (the ‘philosophy ‘of law).

Students are examined across 3 exam papers all sat at the end of Year 13.

The BTEC National in Applied Law involves students covering 4 units of work. Two of these are coursework based units, two are externally assessed units, where students complete either a controlled conditions’ assessment or a timed examination paper. 

In Year 12 students will complete one internally assessed Unit; ‘Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System’, where students will study how laws are made, the basic structure and function of the English legal System and some of the basic offences against the person.  They will also complete one externally assessed unit ‘Dispute solving in Civil Law where they will be introduced to the basic principles of the Tort of Negligence, how these are applied to legal cases and the basic functions of the system of Civil justice in English law. In Year 13 they will complete an internally assessed, Optional Unit (yet to be decided) as well as completing the externally assessed ‘Applying the Law’ Unit where they will develop the skills in applying the knowledge generated from the other 3 units to a range of legal scenarios.                           

Law is valued by employers and further education institutions. Virtually all managerial and professional employment requires an understanding and awareness of the law. A significant number of A level law students have progressed to University to study a Law/Jurisprudence/Legal studies degree. Others have gone onto degree courses in another subject. Progression into the legal profession is an obvious route for students but a wide range of career routes would be open to students with Law A level.