The A Level Law course is intended to give students an understanding of the role of Law in society and raise their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. The students learn about legal rules in Criminal Law, Tort Law and Contract Law and how and why these apply to real life problems. They also gain an overview of the workings of the English legal system. Law students have to grasp the vocabulary of the subject and develop legal skills, such as the close reading of texts, analysis and judgement, decision-making, critical thinking and problem solving. They will need to construct clear, concise, logical and persuasive verbal and written arguments, and they will be expected to provide legal authority to support their points.
Years 12 and 13
Students follow the AQA A-level Law (7162) specification, full details of which are available here.
In the first year, students will study the differences between civil and criminal law, get to grips with the workings of the criminal justice and civil justice systems and then tackle the substantive topic of Criminal Law for Paper 1. Students are supported in their studies by a printed textbook and a wealth of online resources.
In the second year, students gain an understanding of the sources and theories of law, and tackle two more substantive topics, Tort Law for Paper 2 and Contract Law for Paper 3. Once again, students are provided with extensive print and online resources to support their studies.