A Level – Law


Law involves analysing a wide range of issues and problems. It is a vibrant and exciting subject. It helps you to give direction to your life and to be self-confident in dealing with issues, disputes and other people.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    You will study specific areas of English law in detail and you will develop excellent, and transferable, analytical skills. We build on your existing skills and your fascination with legal issues as you embark on studying what, for most, is a new subject.

    The A level Law course at Wyke is consistently graded as outstanding or excellent according to national benchmarks.

    The Department team is:
    Brian Johnstone: (Course leader of A Level Law; teacher of A level Law)
    Joanne Golding: (teacher of A Level Law and BTEC Applied Law)
    Alistair Houghton: (teacher of BTEC Applied Law and A Level Law)
    Anthony Yearwood: (teacher of BTEC Applied Law and A level Law)
    Head of Faculty: David Green

    A Level Law has two dedicated teaching rooms in the Oak Building. Students are provided with up to date textbooks, highly effective printed notes linked to integrated assessment material based on examination questions, and constantly updated media and online materials. We have a well developed revision programme with focused lessons and materials alongside a large number of extra support sessions. Our Moodle presence is regularly updated.

    The Law team at Wyke, as well as ensuring that you have an excellent knowledge of the subject, also focuses on developing your analytical skills so allowing you to answer examination questions to a very high standard. Studying the subject will also enhance your wider skills in communication[ both written and verbal], dealing logically with complex concepts and enabling you to produce sustainable conclusions based on your powers of selection of the relevant legal rules.

    Our students enjoy their law lessons. They enjoy the many debates, and the variety of enrichment we offer through our Law Society. The study of the key legal cases gives our students a valuable insight into a wide variety of issues that life produces and which require a legal solution.

     

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board for A Level Law

    At Wyke, from 2017 onwards, we use the OCR Law specification , consisting of 3 examined units. The Syllabus code is H415. There are 3 two hour examinations to be held in summer 2019.
    www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-law-h015-h415-from-2017/

    Course Details
    Year 1

    H415/01– The Legal System and Criminal Law

    Section A – The Legal system
    Civil Courts and other forms of dispute resolution
    Criminal courts and lay people
    Legal Personnel
    Access to Justice.

    Section B – Criminal Law
    Rules and theory of criminal law
    General elements of criminal liability
    Fatal offences against the person –murder/manslaughter
    Non-fatal offences against the person
    Offences against property
    Mental capacity defences
    General defences
    Preliminary offences
    Evaluation –critical evaluation of offences against the person, property, and the defences.

    YEAR 2.*
    * We will be studying the first three topics in the final unit in the weeks before the summer break)

    H415/02 – Law making and the law of tort

    Section A – Law making
    Parliamentary law making
    Delegated Legislation
    Statutory interpretation
    Judicial Precedent
    Law reform
    European Union law

    Section B – The law of tort
    Rules and theory of the law of tort
    Liability in negligence
    Occupiers’ liability
    Torts connected to land
    Vicarious liability
    Defences
    Remedies
    Evaluation –of liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability, torts connected to land, and vicarious liability.

    H415/03 – Further Law
    Section A –the nature of Law
    Introduction to the nature of law
    Law and morality
    Law and Justice
    Law and society
    Law and technology

    Section B—Contract
    Rules and theory of the law of contract
    Formation of a contract
    Terms of a contract
    Vitiating factors
    Discharge
    Remedies

    Examination
    LAW 01 : Total 100 marks : 2 hour paper
    This unit is one third of total A level
    The Legal system 25 marks out of 100
    Criminal Law : 75 marks out of 100.

    Examination
    LAW 02 Total 100 marks: 2 hour paper
    This unit is one third of total A level
    Law Making 25 marks out of 100
    The law of tort: 75 marks out of 100

    Examination
    LAW 03 Total 100 marks: 2 hour paper
    This unit is one third of total A level
    Nature of law: 25 marks out of 100
    The law of contract: 75 marks out of 100

    How the course is delivered

    The A level course is delivered over two academic years. Students will receive 4 hours 40 minutes of lessons per week. Independent work is expected of students outside of lessons. There is a strong ethos of high achievement on this course. The focus of the lessons is on applying legal concepts and skills to problems.

    Homework is set regularly involving case analysis but the key focus is on regular timed assessments in class, designed to enable students to answer legal problems effectively in timed conditions. A variety of teaching methods are employed and students will take part in structured debates, presentations, and mini mock trials, and analysis of current legal issues/cases.

    Departmental Enrichment

    We offer a wide enrichment experience for students of Law at Wyke with visits to local [e.g. Leeds Crown Court, Hull Crown and Magistrates Courts] and National courts [Royal Courts Of Justice in London/Supreme Court in London], and a guided tour of Parliament in November 2015. We plan to repeat these successful visits in 2017 –18.

    A major experience is the opportunity to take part in the National Bar Mock Trial Competition. This involves the students preparing and presenting cases in a Crown court before a real judge. It is a highly regarded competition and many of our law students at Wyke who have taken part have benefitted from the high regard it is held in by universities and even the Bar Council.

    We have a timetabled Law Society, debating a wide range of legal issues, working closely with University Law departments, and enjoying visits to Courts and the opportunity to take part in a range of activities designed to widen the experience of the subject. We have an exciting programme of visits this year from a wide range of professionals in legal and related spheres and will provided valuable employability insights and opportunities for work experience in those professions.

    Law at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The Department team is: 

    • Brian Johnstone (Course leader of Law; teacher of A level Law and BTEC Applied Law)Joanne Golding (teacher of A Level Law and BTEC Applied Law)Jennifer Carter (teacher of A Level Law and BTEC Applied Law)Keely Smith (teacher of A Level Law and BTEC Applied Law )

    A Level Law has two dedicated teaching rooms in the Oak Building and the Ash Building. Students are provided with up to date textbooks, highly effective printed notes linked to integrated assessment material based on examination questions, and a constantly updated DVD collection and online materials.  We have developed a revision programme “getting to sound” with focused lessons and materials alongside extra support sessions. Our Moodle presence is regularly updated.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Make sure that you follow law stories in the media. Useful areas to look at are cases involving crimes such as murder, manslaughter and other offences against the person. It is useful to get used to reading a quality newspaper (most are on line) such as the Guardian, Times, Independent, They have very useful law sections.

    Visit your local court –either the Crown Court or Magistrates courts. Observe trials and the work of the lawyers and the judges. Observe the process of examination and cross examination of witnesses.

    If you can, try to gain some work experience in a legal environment e.g. a solicitors firm or in a local citizens’ advice bureau.

  • Progression:

    Many students who take Law at Wyke Sixth Form College go on to university and become qualified lawyers. Over 270 of our students have moved on to study law at university in the last eleven years.

    Many of our students have followed different career routes, making use of the analytical and communication skills that the subject provides. As well as a career in law, journalism, marketing, public relations, teaching, business and government are all careers that utilise the skills and knowledge that the subject provides.  Whatever your career plans, this course will both challenge and stimulate you, as well as prepare you for the future.

    Raiyah Butt
    Former School: Beverley Highl
    A Level Result: A*
    Where is she now?
    University of Nottingham studying Law

    Jasmine Hunte
    Former School: Kelvin Hall
    A Level Result: A*
    Where is he now?
    University of York studying Law

    Rosie Jukes
    Former School: South Holderness
    A Level Result: A
    Where is he now?
    University of Leeds studying Law

  • Course Showcase:

    “…and the finalists today are Wyke Sixth Form College….”
    In 2015, Wyke Law Department made it to the regional final of the National Mock Trial Competition. This was a massive achievement as Wyke was competing against fifteen other experienced schools and colleges drawn from North East Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.