The AS Level / A Level Law is a Full-time Further Education course designed for students who are interested in legal practices, and the legal system in England and Wales. It is suited to those wishing to work as a lawyer. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA).
The course will give 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, how laws are made, how courts work and the processes involved in criminal and civil law. You will go onto look at how we discuss and evaluate the Criminal Justice System of England and Wales. It gives students an in depth understanding of topics such as murder and manslaughter, non fatal offences, police powers and sentencing. If you enjoy lively debate, focused argument and have an enthusiasm for current affairs then you will enjoy and succeed in studying A Level Law.
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A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language at Grade B.
This is a very well-rounded A Level to study and can lead to a wide range of university courses. It is an excellent basis for those wishing to study any degree at university, and in particular Law, Politics, History or English. A Level Law is also highly respected amongst employers, and can lead to career progressions in almost any field, including the police force, teaching, journalism, the CPS, the civil service, and local government. The subject is also relevant to careers in other fields such as business, finance, and management.
Key Stats: 2016/2017 Pass Rate- 100%, 77.1% A*-C grades. A large majority of our students go on to study this A Level at Universities such as Swansea, Cardiff, Exeter and Reading. Our student successes include Tom Grimes, who has now become a Solicitor at Jennifer Melly Law; Rhys Thompson is completing his LPC and working for Neath County Council in the Legal Services Department and Jake Wesson who is reading Law at Reading University. Each year our top two performing students will be invited to a presentation evening with Jennifer Melly Law and will receive an award, a voucher and work experience.
AS Unit 1: The Nature of Law and the Welsh and English Legal Systems. This unit focuses on the structure of the Welsh and English legal systems. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of sources of primary and secondary law in the Welsh and English legal systems and will consider how those laws are used by judges in making decisions. They will also develop knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system and civil justice system including relevant legal personnel and legal funding;
AS Unit 2: The Law of Tort. In this unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of liability in negligence for injury to people and will be required to apply the elements of the law of negligence to hypothetical scenarios;
A2 Unit 3: The Practice of Substantive Law; This unit requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the criminal and human rights law. Learners will break down into constituent parts the relevant legal rules and principles for each area of substantive law and apply those rules to a hypothetical scenario;
A2 Unit 4: Substantive Law Perspectives. This unit requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal rules and principles, and to analyse and evaluate legal rules, principles, concepts and issues in the areas of criminal law and human rights law.
AS Unit 1 - (25% of overall qualification) Written examination in May: 1 hour 45 minutes.
AS Unit 2 - (15% of overall qualification) Written examination in May: 1 hour 15 minutes.
A2 Unit 3 - (30% of overall qualification) Written examination in June: 2 hours.
A2 Unit 4 - (30% of overall qualification) Written examination in June: 2 hours.
There will be additional course-related costs.