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An introduction to Law
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Law is a fascinating subject which affects everybody every day. Each time you catch a bus, go to work, go shopping or eat out Law is involved. Law is everywhere!

Law can be studied in combination with all other subjects as it develops skills which can be used across the board. You will improve your essay writing skills, your communication skills, vocabulary and memory.

You will need a 5 or above in your GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature and GCSE Maths. Law is a challenging subject so you should be prepared to work hard. You will need a good memory for all the case Law you need to remember and be highly motivated as the subject involves a high volume of essays. Students who achieve well in the humanities such as History find that they already have many of the necessary skills.

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Law can lead to a broad range of careers; it can be the first step to becoming a solicitor, barrister, clerk of the court, police officer, journalist, politician, civil servant, teacher, a career in business and much more.

Course Structure

We will be following the OCR GCE Law Specification which was updated for 2017; this offers a new and exciting perspective on the subject, with relevant and up to date topics and case studies. The modules are designed to provide an introduction to the study of Law, by covering a broad range of content. Students will study Law making processes and the English legal system. There will also be a specific focus on three separate areas of the substantive Law. These are criminal Law, contract Law and Tort Law. Students will learn the theory of Law and will develop the ability to apply the Law to given situations.

The course is divided in to three modules. The first module provides and introduction to the English legal system, covering the principles of dispute solving and the legal profession. Amongst the topics that students will study in this unit are civil courts and dispute resolution and criminal courts and lay people (the jury and Magistrates). This module also covers an in-depth study of criminal Law. Non-fatal, fatal and property offences will be examined.

The second module is an introduction to Law making. Students will study: Parliamentary Law making, judicial precedent and delegated legislation. They will also study the tort of negligence.

In the third unit students will evaluate the nature of Law. Does the Law achieve justice? How does the Law deal with new, emerging technology? Students will also study contract Law.

How will I be assessed?

There are three written exams which are each worth 33.33% of the A level. All are two hours long and contain a range of short answer questions, short essays and extended essays.


Past students’ comments:
“I have really enjoyed every aspect of law this year”.
“Absolutely loved it!”
“Very interesting and can be applied to real-life situations”.
“The teachers take time to go through the content with each individual student”.

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