The course is taught by a qualified teacher with over thirty years’ classroom experience.
This subject covers a variety of areas aimed at enticing a young mind to study law. There is no requirement to have any previous knowledge, although if you are considering studying this as a degree subject, it is a very useful A level to study, as the course is similar (though not exactly the same) to the first year of most law degrees. The course therefore provides a good foundation to a student’s understanding of how the legal system works, in addition to developing a range of academic skills such as analysis and critical evaluation.
The course currently follows the AQA specification, consisting of four units and covering the English Legal System and The Concept of Liability at A/S level. The second of these units looks at both tort and criminal law, the latter forming the basis of A2 studies. Much of this course is of a problem solving nature and involves the identification of legal principles and their application to hypothetical scenarios.
From September 2017 the course will follow the new AQA specification, at A/S level consisting of two units, covering the The Nature of Law, the English Legal System, Criminal Law and Tort. In addition, Human Rights will be studied as a third unit to complete the A level syllabus. Both the A/S and A level are assessed by examination only, through a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. The latter involves both short essay responses and questions of a problem solving nature involving the identification of legal principles and their application to hypothetical scenarios.
Students are encouraged to broaden their range and depth of legal knowledge through relevant work experiences and court visits, arranged annually. Students are also given the opportunity to attend specific law-based seminars and workshops at local univerisites. In addition students develop both their awareness of legal concepts and their expertise in presenting such concepts through analysing and mooting (arguing) a fictitious court case in front of a staff member who poses as a judge.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher responsible for the subject directly, Dr. Kevin Dowd