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Law Studies

Law Studies

Subject Leader

Mrs S Forder

Advanced Level



Why study Law?

This course is designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of how our law is made, how our legal system operates and the fundamentals behind both criminal and civil liability. Students will also gain an understanding of legal method and reasoning, develop techniques of logical reasoning and analytical skills, and solve problems by applying legal rules.

How will you be assessed?

Students will sit 3 papers at the end of the two years ;


Paper 1 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3%- The Legal System and Criminal Law

Paper 2 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3%- Law Making and Tort

Paper 3 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3%- The Nature of Law and Contract


What will you study?
The Legal System and

Criminal Law

2 hour exam includes ;

1 x 10 mark question; 1 x 15 mark question; 3 x 25 mark questions

This unit involves looking at how our legal system works, who works within it and their roles, and how criminals are punished for their crimes. In this unit, we also learn how guilt in a criminal case is established and study a range of criminal offences from assault to murder and many in between!

Law Making and Tort 2 hour exam includes ;

1 x 10 mark question; 1 x 15 mark question; 3 x 25 mark questions

This unit focuses on how our law is made and by whom. We look at the different law makers ranging from Parliament to judges and the processes they use for making and changing our law. This unit also explores the rules and principles concerning liability in civil law, including how to establish negligence, occupier’s liability, nuisance and vicarious liability.

The Nature of Law and Contract 2 hour exam includes ;

4 x 25 mark questions

This unit delves in to major themes such as how, and if, morals affect and shape our law and whether they should do so; whether our law is, and should be just; how technology is impacting our law and much more! Also in this unit, we study the law surrounding making and breaking contracts and what our rights and remedies are as citizens.

What will Law offer you in the future?

The study of law provides a strong and useful base for the further study of law at degree level. It also enables you to gain skills (analysis, critical thinking, reasoning) which would be of benefit in many other degrees. Studying Law at A level will show an employer that you can think independently and ‘on your feet’.