Department Staff

  • Mr M Urding
  • Mrs G Hancock
  • Mr P Hamer

Law at St Mary's

  • Law is relevant to every one of us, and this course will equip you with knowledge of the legal system that can be used in everyday life
  • AS & A2 level Law will provide you with an experience and an understanding of the procedures of Law and the Legal system in England & Wales.
  • As you progress through the course, your analytical and research skills are developed and you will expand your vocabulary.
  • During your course you will have a chance to visit the combined courts in Hull.  You will see inside the courts both Magistrates and Crown courts.  You will also visit where the jury wait and deliberate, and get to be in the public gallery of a real trial. You will be given the opportunity to compete in a Mock Trial competition against other Colleges in front of real Crown Court Judges. 

aims of the course 

  • Provide a grounding in the main principles of English law and their development
  • Develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning
  • Develop the techniques of logical thinking, and skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules
  • Develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society
  • Develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly with reference to appropriate legal authority.

aQA syllabus content 

AS Level (Y12)
Unit 1 Law Making and the Legal System

  • Parliamentary Law-Making
  • Delegated Legislation
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Judicial PrecedentCivil Courts
  • Criminal Courts and Lay People
  • Legal Profession
  • Judiciary
  • One 90 minute examined unit worth 50% of AS and 25% of the A-Level

Unit 2 The Concept of Liability 

Introduction to Criminal Law

Basic Elements for Crime

Non-Fatal Offences


Criminal Procedure

Introduction to the Law of Tort (Negligence)

Duty of Care

Breach of Duty



Civil Procedure

One 90 minute examined unit worth 50% of AS and 25% of the A-Level

BTEC certificate in applied law (Y12)

Unit 1

Dispute Solving in the Legal System:

Hierarchy of the Court System

The Role undertaken by the Personnel of the Courts (Barristers, Solicitors and Judges)

The Alternative to the Courts

The Finance of Advice and Representation

Unit 2

Understanding Law Making

Judicial Precedent

Statutory Interpretation

Delegated Legislation

Parliamentary Law Making

European Legislative Process and its Institutions

Unit 3

Aspects of Legal Liability

Introduction to Criminal Law

Introduction to the Law of Negligence

No examined content. The course is entirely assessed through regular written coursework.

a2 level (Y13) OCR

Criminal Law

Principles of Criminal Liability

Attempted Crimes

General Defences

Non-fatal Offences Against the Person

Offences Against Property

G154: Criminal Law Special Study

One topic from G153 Criminal Law studied in depth