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?

    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.

    You will study specific areas of English law in detail and you will develop excellent, and transferable, analytical skills. A few schools offer GCSE Law but most do not. So, we build on your existing skills and your fascination with legal issues as you embark on studying what, for most, is a new subject.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    Year 1

    Law 01 – Law Making and the Legal System

    Section A – Law Making

    • Parliamentary law making
    • Delegated Legislation
    • Statutory Interpretation
    • Judicial Precedent

    Section B –The Legal System

    • Civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
    • Criminal courts and Lay people
    • Legal profession and other sources of advice and funding
    • The judiciary

    Law 02 – The Concept Of Liability

    Section A – Introduction to Criminal Liability

    • Underlying principles of Criminal Liability
    • The courts: procedures and sentencing

    Section B – Introduction to Tort

    • Liability in negligence
    • The courts: procedure and damages

    Year 2

    Law 03 – Criminal Law – Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person

    • Murder
    • Voluntary Manslaughter
    • Involuntary Manslaughter
    • Non-fatal offences Against the Person
    • Defences
    • Evaluation [of the above]

    Examination

    One ‘problem’ based question from a choice of two

    Time : One hour 30 minutes

    Total marks – 80

    50% of total A2 marks

    25% of total A level marks

    Law 04 – Tort and Concepts of Law

    Section B – Law of Tort

    • Complex negligence –psychiatric injury/economic loss
    • Occupiers’ Liability
    • Nuisance and escape of dangerous things
    • Vicarious Liability
    • Product Liability

    Section C – Concepts of Law

    • Law and Morals
    • Law and Justice
    • Judicial Creativity
    • Fault
    • Balancing conflicting interests

    Assessment

    100% Examination

    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 200 of our students have moved on to study law at university in the last ten 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.

    Molly Hardy
    Former School: Malet Lambert High School
    A Level Result: A
    Where is she now?
    University of Oxford studying Law

    Harry Beckett
    Former School: Wolfreton School
    A Level Result: A*
    Where is he now?
    University of York 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.