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, transferable, and 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.
A LEVEL LAW AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
A Level Law has two dedicated teaching rooms in the Wilson Building. Students are provided with up to date textbooks, highly effective printed notes linked to integrated assessment materials 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.
As well as ensuring that you have an excellent knowledge of the subject, the Law team at Wyke also focus on developing your analytical skills, allowing you to answer examination questions to a very high standard. Studying the subject will also enhance your skills in written and verbal communication, 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.
PAPER 1 (1/3 OF A LEVEL)
The Legal System And Criminal Law
SECTION A – THE LEGAL SYSTEM
- Criminal courts and lay people
- Legal Personnel
- Access to Justice
SECTION B – CRIMINAL LAW
- General elements of criminal liability
- Fatal offences against the person
- Non-fatal offences against the person
- Offences against property
- Mental capacity defences
- General defences
- Preliminary offences
PAPER 2 (1/3 OF A LEVEL)
Law Making and the Law of Tort
SECTION A – LAW MAKING
- Parliamentary law making
- Delegated Legislation
- Statutory interpretation
- Judicial Precedent
- Law reform
SECTION B – Contract Law
- Liability in negligence
- Occupiers’ liability
- Torts connected to land
- Vicarious liability
PAPER 3 (1/3 OF A LEVEL)
SECTION A – THE NATURE OF LAW
- Law and morality
- Law and justice
- Law and technology
SECTION B – THE LAW OF TORT
- Formation of a contract
- Terms of a contract
- Vitiating factors
HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED
This course is delivered over two academic years. Students will receive 4 hours 40 minutes of lessons per week. Independent work is essential and 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 and cases.
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.
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. In our last two competitions, we reached the regional final in Leeds.
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 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.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
Many students who take Law at Wyke Sixth Form College go on to university and become qualified lawyers. Over 300 of our law students have moved on to study law at university in the last 10 years. 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.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE 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 or the Times. 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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