• What does law do?
  • How are laws made?
  • What are the aims of sentencing, should those who break the law go to prison to be punished? To be rehabilitated?
  • Do we have a written Constitution?
  • What is a Democracy?
  • What is the Rule of Law?
  • Does Parliament reign supreme?Do judges make law?

These questions and many similar such questions have engaged the minds of philosophers for more than two thousand years.  For students who wish to engage in such debates and for those who have the right aptitude, and are prepared to work hard at developing their analytical skills, the academic study of law offers the possibility of engaging  in challenging concepts and developing transferable skills which many employers value.

Law students require a variety of aptitudes and skills.  There is a need for hard work, an analytical mind or one who simply enjoys solving problems or expressing difficult ideas clearly.  Success in law is not wholly dependent on natural ability, it is the determination to acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding, analytical skills and legal reasoning that will bring about success.

Those who have acquired good GCSE grades including a B in English should be able to access the Year 12 law AS.  Studying is a cumulative process.  You must absorb, understand and retain at least the main principles of the areas of law studies.  Those who feel that they would be prepared to work hard would be as equally suited to the study of law as those of intellectual ability.

At AS level a grasp of how parliamentary law is made and how judges interpret the law, together with the duties of magistrates’ and jurors is explored.  In Unit 2 a sound understanding of the technical requirements in criminal law and the negligent actions of those who breach a duty of care in Tort law will be studies.  There is time for discussion and debates and for putting your opinion across.

A2 Unit 3: we study Murder, Voluntary manslaughter, Involuntary manslaughter, Nonfatal Offences Against the Person, Defences.

A2 Unit 4: Theft, Burglary, Fraud, to name but a few areas of law.  We study the Concepts of Law.  The philosophy behind the offences created by Parliament and the reasoning behind the Judge made law through the creation of the common law.

If you think you would enjoy the challenge that is law, taught and debated in small classes by a professionally trained academic lawyer, then study the specification outline of the course herein.

What’s in it for you?

The opportunity to learn good linguistic and analytical skills.  Develop a perspective response to challenging questions.  Learn transferrable skills for a modern employment market.  To perhaps obtain a desire to study law at university.  This could be a possible start to a law career and your future. 

For full course specification visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/law

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