Law

Course Leader:

Ms E Benjamin – ebenjamin@sackvilleschool.org.uk

Exam board: AQA
Guidance: Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

Law touches every part of our lives, influencing what we do and how we do it. This course gives you a chance to explore how laws are made, what they mean, and how they affect us every day.

Imagine discussing real news stories and events in class to understand how they relate to what you’re learning. And it’s not just about rules and cases – we’ll also talk about big questions like what makes a law fair and how it connects to what’s right or wrong. Think of it as training your brain to solve problems, not just for class, but for life! Plus, studying law pairs well with any other subject you’re interested in.

So, if you’re curious about the world and want to understand how it works, this course is for you!

  • Law is relevant and topical.
  • Law is not just a subject, it is training, it instils a way of approaching problems…and life!
  • Law combines successfully with any subject.
  • Law will take you anywhere-it is recognised as a strong and rigorous discipline.
Course units

In the first year, you’ll get to know the courts, learn how laws are created, and explore basic ideas like who’s responsible when something goes wrong (like in Criminal Law and Tort).

Then, in the second year, dive deeper into Contract Law, where you’ll learn about making agreements and what happens if they’re broken. You’ll also get to study more about crimes like murder and theft, as well as other legal issues like negligence and property disputes.

Assessment

Topic – Crime
Duration – 2 hours
Exam – Mix of MCQs, short answer questions and Scenario questions

Topic – Tort
2 hours
Exam – Mix of MCQs, short answer questions and Scenario questions

Topic – Contract
Duration – 2 hours
Exam – Mix of MCQs, short answer questions and Scenario questions

There is no coursework and you do not have the choice as to which questions to answer, which requires you to learn all content of the course (so please do look at the further breakdown for what you study for A Level Law guide, as there is a lot of content to learn). 

What can I do with this qualification?

This course will help you to develop the following employability skills:

  • Communication and advocacy skills.
  • An enquiring mind, not to blindly accept what you hear but to challenge, analyse and evaluate ideas afresh.
  • Ability to retain a lot of detailed legal information and apply the correct legal principles to problem solve scenario situations.
  • Ability to build, support and defend an argument both on paper and verbally.
  • Ability to explore and debate rights and wrongs, whys and wherefores.

Next Steps
This course helps students to make an informed choice about whether a career in law is the right option for them.
A Level Law is viewed by universities as a fully academic subject producing high quality candidates. A significant number of students on this course go onto study Law at university and later use the skills developed to get training contracts, mini pupillages or Legal apprenticeships to train to become a qualified legal professional.

10 Possible Careers

  • Barrister
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Legal Executive
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Politics
  • Solicitor

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