Teaching is delivered by a variety of methods such as small group work, reports, controlled assessments, presentations, quizzes, debates and practical research. The research undertaken will allow you to experience some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues that are necessary to progress to university. In the first year of the course, you will study AS Law. This is a stand-alone qualification that is co-taught with A Level Law. You will also be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
Key units studied:
• Law making and the legal system
• The concept of liability
• Criminal law (offences against the person) or contract
• Criminal law (offences against property) or tort, and concepts of law Assessment is by AQA examination only. There are two 90 minute exams at AS Level, consisting of two papers. Each exam is worth 50% of the AS Level qualification. Successful completion of both exams will provide you with an overall AS grade. The AS exams and grade are separate from A Level and are not transferrable. The exams will take place in June. In order to progress to year two you must achieve at least a grade D at AS Level. At A Level you will take 2 two hour exams. Each exam paper is worth 50% of the A Level qualification. You have to complete all exams to achieve you’re a Level qualification. The exams will take place in June.
You will need 5 GCSEs grades 4 or above, to include English at grade 6 or above.
Taken as part of a package of A Levels, this course can lead onto a degree course in law or other subjects. You will be equipped to go to university and to engage in careers in the social science pathways, which include but are not limited to: Criminology, psychology, journalism, social work, corporate social responsibility, criminal justice services/youth justice services, diversity and human rights, economic development, teaching, education and training/lifelong learning, human resources, health services, housing, immigration services, international aid and development, legal services, police, research and policy development or government/politics.