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Law Studies

Key Stage 5

Why study Law?

This course is designed to encourage students to develop knowledge and understanding of selected areas of Law including the English Legal System, criminal law, tort law and Human Rights law. 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?

Pupils will sit 3 papers

Paper 1 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3% of the A Level English Legal System and Criminal Law

Paper 2 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3% of the A Level English Legal System and Tort Law

Paper 3 (2 hours) a written exam – 33.3% of the A Level Human Rights Law


What will you study?
The Nature of Law and the English Legal System This module establishes the distinction between enforceable legal rules and social morals. It break downs the law making process and outlines the differences between criminal and civil law. It also looks at how laws are made, interpreted and reformed; the court structure and legal personnel.
Criminal Law This module focuses on the rules and principles concerning general elements of criminal liability and liability for offences against the person including murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and assault. Property offences including theft and robbery. Defences including insanity, intoxication and duress.
Tort Law This module highlights the rules and principles concerning liability and fault in actions for negligence, occupier’s liability, nuisance and vicarious liability, and associated defences and remedies.
Human Rights This module outlines the rules and principles of law relating to the right to life, to liberty and security of person, to privacy, to freedom of expression, and to freedom of assembly and association, as recognised by the European Convention on Human Rights in the United Kingdom.
What will Law offer you in the future?

The study of Law helps to develop analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the application of legal rules. It provides a useful background for the further study of law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a

Law component.