Law

A Level

This course is for students who have a strong interest in the subject. Law involves analysing a wide range of issues and problems. As well as studying specific areas of English Law in detail, you will develop excellent analytical skills in answering legal problems. Such skills are essential, not only for a career in Law, but also in many other occupations. Our A Level results are outstanding and over 250 students have moved on to study Law at university in the last ten years. Whatever your career plans, this course will both challenge and stimulate you. The A Level combines well with Accounting, Business and Government and Politics.

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Exam Board for A Level Law

At Wyke, we use the OCR Law specification consisting of 3 examined units.

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

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

This course is assessed completely by 3 examinations taken at the end of the two year course.

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]. We plan to repeat these successful visits for our students.

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

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.

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