You will find out about the English legal system and how law influences our daily lives.
- The nature of law and the English legal system. This topic explores the fundamental values of the English legal system, both systematic and theoretical. It will give you an overview of the functioning of the court structures and the legal personnel that work within it. We will also look at law making both within Parliament and how law is made in real cases. This topic is a thread that runs through all the topics within A-Level Law, and covers how he law is intertwined with all our lives and is invaluable knowledge to have at your fingertips. If you are an aspiring lawyer or not!
- Criminal law. This is a topic that has an entire section on Netflix dedicated to it! A-Level law will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how a person is found criminally liable for their actions and will teach you how this is proven in court. It specifically focuses on fatal and non-fatal offences, such as murder, manslaughter and grievous bodily harm, as well as property offences such as theft and robbery. We will also assess the many defences that may be raised by a defendant such as insanity and self defence.
- Tort. Have you had a slip, trip or fall that wasn't your fault? We've all seen these adverts on the TV, but this topic will give you an understanding of how it can be proven, legally, that someone is liable for losses caused by negligent acts and what the repercussions of breaching a duty of care can be. It has been one of the fastest growing areas of the law, not to mention very lucrative for practicing lawyers.
- Law of Contract. Every single time you purchase anything you enter into a contract. We all enter into contracts but do you know how they work, what makes a contract legal and what you can do if someone breaches their contract? We will look at what makes a contract legally binding, what can and cannot be put into a contract and what rights you have when a contract is breached.
- Human Rights. Human rights is a very well known term but legally speaking, it is one lost on many. This topic allows us to delve deeper into what we actually mean by human rights both within the UK and internationally. Some of the specific human rights we will look at include the right to life, right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to private and family life. This covers many very debatable topics such as abortion, life sentences, rights of prisoners and police powers, what is free speech and much more...
A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.
Examination and coursework.
Paper 1: The nature of law and the English legal system and Criminal law
Paper 2: The nature of law and the English legal system and Tort
Paper 3: The nature of law and the English legal system and Law of contract OR Human Rights
5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A*-C) including English and Maths
If you are interested in law your next steps should be look at how you can become more familiar with the law around you, Take a trip to your local magistrates and crown courts. (This is something we will do but every experience is valuable). The nearest ones are in Sheffield City Centre. You are allowed to go and sit in the public gallery - you can just walk in.
Reading is very good but don't just stick to books. Lots of legal professionals and legal academics use Twitter to discuss the changes and topic stories surrounding law and to discuss the legal profession. It is a great way to get an insight into a possible career in law. A recommendation to get you started on Twitter is The Secret Barrister@BarristerSecret and CrimeLine@CrimeLineLaw.
Documentaries are also useful but try and focus on UK and real-life programmes. A good place to start is 24 Hours in Police custody on Channel 4.