Law is about understanding how our society is ordered and how, even with a population of more than 60 million, law and order is maintained in England and Wales and conflicts are resolved. The riots in the UK of the summer of 2011 are the exception rather than the norm. For those who enjoy CSI, Silk, Watchdog and courtroom dramas then this subject will be for them either at GCSE or A level or both. If you want to develop your skills of reasoning and analysis, problem solving, ICT and working with others then you will enjoy studying law.
Students at GCSE and A Level follow the AQA specification which covers civil and criminal law, focusing on the courts and legal processes. You gain a basic understanding in Law and the relevant skills required for progression to A Level. Students have the opportunity to study the following units at GCSE and A Level:-
Unit 1: The English Legal System
- Making and definition of Law.
- Classifications of Law (Public and Private, Civil and Criminal)
- Hierarchy of the Courts, Type of courts (Magistrate’s court, Crown court, County court.)
- Juries and Lay Magistrates
- Solicitors and Barristers
- The Making and Importance of Acts of Parliament
- Case Law and Precedent
- Relationship between the Difference Sources of Law.
Unit 2: Law in Action - Study two of the following topics;
The Law of Tort
Remedies in Tort
Rights & Responsibilities
Buyers & Sellers
As a Citizen
AS Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System (LAW01)
- Law Making - Parliamentary Law Making, Delegated Legalisation, Statutory Interpretation and Judicial Precedent.
- The Legal System - The Civil Courts and Other Forms of Dispute Resolution, The Criminal Courts and Lay People, The Legal Profession and Other Sources of Advice and Funding and The Judiciary.
Unit 2: The Concept of Liability (LAW02)
- Introduction to Criminal Liability – Underlying principles of Criminal Liability - Actus Reus, Mens Rea, Offences Against the Person Act, Sentencing and Bail.
- Introduction to Tort - Liability in Negligence and The Courts, Procedure and Damages.
A2 Unit 3: Law Offences against the person (LAW03)
- Criminal Law (Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person) – Murder, Voluntary manslaughter, Involuntary manslaughter, Non-fatal offences against the person, Defence and Evaluation.
Unit 4: Criminal Law against Property or Tort & Concepts of Law (LAW04)
- Criminal Law (Offences against Property) – Theft and Robbery, Burglary, Blackmail, Fraud, Making off without Payment, Criminal Damage and Defences.
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