Classroom and Students

Law

Overview

Law affects every area of our lives. It happens around us and changes on a daily basis. We are aware of how it touches the lives of individuals and its overall impact on society as a whole. This course gives you an understanding of how the legal system works, and not just what the law is. It looks at the roles of the legal professionals (solicitors, barristers, judges and legal executives), as well as how laws are made and then enforced.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in a similar subject at GCSE

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

The Legal System

The Civil and Criminal Courts, The appeals process, The legal profession including the role of Barrister, Solicitor, Judge, Lay people- Juries and Magistrates, Funding, Evaluation

 

Criminal Law

Actus Reus and Mens Rea, Assault and Battery, Grievous Bodily Harm, Murder, Voluntary manslaughter, Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Defences

 

Law Making

Parliamentary law making, Delegated Legislation, Statutory interpretation, Judicial precedent, European law, Evaluation

 

Law of Tort

Negligence, Occupier’s Liability, Nuisance, Vicarious Liability, Remedies, Defences

 

The Nature of Law

The distinction between Law and Morality, Law and Society, Law and Justice

 

Contract Law

Formation of a contract, Terms, Misrepresentation, Discharge and Remedies

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

We have regular visits throughout the year from law firms, Northumbria Police, local Magistrates, Social Services and local MPs. We also have an annual trip to London allowing students an opportunity to visit the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and Houses of Parliament. We run weekly Mooting and Debating sessions allowing students the opportunity to hone their communication and adversarial skills.

Assessment

Assessment consists of three external exams. The questions cover:

Description of a legal concept

Evaluation of a principle of law

Application of legal knowledge to a theoretical scenario

What do our students say?

 
 
 
Law was an interesting subject because it is so in depth it allows you to get really involved and get your teeth into the subject. I really enjoyed learning how the legal system worked and how it has developed through the years...
 
 
 
Liam Cartwright , Studies Law, Politics and Sociology
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OCR A Level Law- Book One- Jacqueline Martin, Nicholas Price

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A Level Law Review

Most students progress to university. On completion of a Law degree you could decide to continue training to become a solicitor or barrister. Other career options could include police, probation service, civil service, accountancy, in house legal, entertainment or sport law.

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