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Law

Specific Course Entry Requirements  
Examination Levels Offered A-Level
Examination Board AQA

A-Level Law is a two year course, developed to help students explore concepts and theories of law, how laws are made and applied, alongside substantive areas of law.  The course also covers the purpose of law and how the law balances conflicting interests.  Students will gain an understanding of the national and international laws that govern our behaviour, the relationship between law and politics and the consequences of not following laws.  The course also examines the personnel within the legal system and training routes into a legal career.

Course Content

 

Paper One

Paper Two

Paper Three

Non-Substantive Law

 

(Nature of law – legal and
other rules;
civil/criminal
distinction and sources)

  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Judicial Precedent 
  • The criminal courts and lay people
  • Legal personnel – roles of barristers, solicitors and legal executives; regulation
  • The judiciary: types of judge
  • Role of judges in criminal courts 
  • Access to justice and funding in the criminal system
  • Law and society – fault
  • Law and justice
  • Parliamentary law making
  • Law reform
  • The civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The judiciary: types of judge
  • Role of judges in civil courts
  • Access to justice and funding in the civil system
  • Law and society – fault
  • Law and morality
  •  The rule of law.
  • Delegated legislation 
  • European Union.
  • The judiciary: types of judge
  • Role of judges in civil courts (contract) and in criminal courts (human rights)
  • Independence of the judiciary
  • Access to justice and funding in civil system (contract)
  • Law and society – balancing
    conflicting interests
  • Law and justice
  • Law and morality 

 

Substantive Law

Criminal Law 

  • Rules & theory of criminal law 
  • General Elements of Liability 
  • Fatal Offences Against the Person 
  • Non Fatal Offences Against the Person 
  • Property Offences 
  • Preliminary Offence 
  • Defences 
  • Capacity defences 
  • Defences 
  • Necessity Defences 

Tort Law 

  • Rules & theory of tort law 
  • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property 
  • Liability in negligence for economic loss and psychiatric injury 
  • Occupiers' liability 
  • Nuisance and the escape of dangerous things 
  • Vicarious liability 
  • Defences 
  • Remedies 

Contract Law 

  • The rules & theory of contract law 
  • Essential requirements of contract 
  • Contract terms: general 
  • Contract terms: specific terms
    implied by statute law in relation to
    consumer contracts 
  • Contract terms: exclusion clauses 
  • Vitiating factors 
  • Discharge of a contract 
  • Remedies 

How is the Course Assessed?

There are three written examinations, taken in the summer of Year 13. Each paper lasts for 2 hours, has a maximum of 100 marks available and is worth 33%  of the whole A-level.  Each paper contains a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 

  • Paper 1: Nature of law – legal and other rules; civil/criminal distinction and sources and Criminal Law
  • Paper 2: Nature of law – legal and other rules; civil/criminal distinction and sources and Tort Law
  • Paper 3: Nature of law – legal and other rules; civil/criminal distinction and sources and Contract Law

 

 

Staff Contact
Ms C Nicholls - charlotte.nicholls@oxted.thpt.org.uk