Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening
The Law A-Level is increasingly popular at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys and is taught by one teacher Mr E. Harvey.
The subject covers a variety of areas aimed at enticing a young mind to study law. There is no requirement to have any previous English law knowledge, however, there is the requirement for students to have achieved at least a grade 7 in one of English Literature, Language or History. Students will leave the course with an in-depth knowledge of the British Legal system and how to apply key legal knowledge to hypothetical scenarios. The A-Level is a great introduction to students thinking of entering the Legal profession or for those who want to hone their analytical, communication and critical evaluation skills.
The course follows the AQA linear exam specification and is taught on a paper by paper basis. Firstly, students spend the majority of year 12 studying paper 1: Criminal Law which allows students to gain a great understanding of the law before moving onto the more technical concepts of paper 2: Tort Law and paper 3: Contract Law. The course is examined by three 2-hour external exams at the end of year 13. Exam papers include a combination of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions. The key skill that students will need to do to demonstrate their learning is to apply their substantive legal knowledge to hypothetical scenarios where they identify and decode legal principles.
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 universities. 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, Mr E. Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also find the three knowledge organisers that students use as one of their main study resources for all three papers in A-Level Law.