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LAW

Course leader: Mr M Urding

Aims of the course:

  • Provide a grounding in the main principles of English Law with a more academic approach to the subject. 
  • Develop an understanding of legal methods and reasoning 
  • Develop the techniques of logical thinking and the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules. 
  • Develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society 


What are lessons like?

Lessons are varied and activities are chosen to suit the topic. You can expect to experience the following during the course of the full two year programme.

Presentations, Timed responses, Essays, Problem solving, Internet researchClass Discussions, Guest Speakers, Class Debates, Trips/Visits


Course content:

A Level Topics - AQA Examination Board

The nature of law and the English legal system:

  • Law and society; law and morality and law and justice 
  • Parliamentary law making
  • Delegated legislation
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Judicial precedent 
  • Civil Courts and ADR
  • Criminal Courts and Lay people 

Tort law:

  • Rules of tort law
  • Liability in negligence 
  • Occupiers liability
  • Nuisance
  • Vicarious liability
  • Defences
  • Remedies 

Criminal law:

  • Rules of criminal law
  • General elements of criminal law
  • Fatal Offences e.g. Murder and manslaughter 
  • Non-fatal offences e.g. Assault and GBH
  • Property offences e.g. Theft and Robbery
  • Defences 

Contract law:

  • Rules of contract law
  • Requirements of a contract
  • General contract terms
  • Contract terms: specific terms and exclusion clauses
  • Vitiating factors 
  • Discharge of a contract 
  • Remedies 


How you will be assessed:

A Level Examinations—AQA Examination Board

Paper 1

The nature of law and the English legal system. Criminal law.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 
  • 100 marks
  • 33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.


Paper 2

The nature of law and the English legal system.

Tort.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 
  • 100 marks
  • 33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 3

Law of contract.

The nature of law and the English legal system

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 
  • 100 marks
  • 33% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Recommended prior learning /entry requirements:

This A level course tends to suit those students who have exceeded the College’s Sixth Form minimum entry grades and have predominantly level ‘5 & 6’ grades or above at GCSE with a minimum level ‘5’ in English Language GCSE.


Where can this course lead to?

  • A Law degree and then a career in the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister. 
  • A career in the Police service or Civil Service 
  • A career in local government or in business 


Why study Law at St Mary’s College Sixth Form?

OUTSTANDING RESULTS 2018

A* - A = 64% 

A* - B = 91%

A* - C = 100%