In the first year of the course, students will study AS Law. This is a stand-alone qualification that is co-taught with A-level Law. This course is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of the subject. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of law in today's society, alongside an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and how this applies to their lives. Students will also develop analytical and problem-solving capabilities as they learn to apply legal rules.
Work Experience All students are 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.
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 by students will allow them to experience some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues that are necessary to progress to university.
Assessment is by AQA examination only. There are two ninety 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 students with their 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 students must achieve at least a grade D at AS level.
At A-level students will take two, two hour exams. Each exam paper is worth 50% of the A-level qualification. Students have to complete all exams to achieve their A-level qualification. The exams will take place in June.
Unit 1 Law Making and the Legal System Unit 2 The Concept of Liability Unit 3 Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract Unit 4 Criminal Law (Offences against Property) or Tort, and Concepts of Law
Taken as part of a package of A-levels, this course can lead on to a degree course in Law or other subjects. You will also 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
Six GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or above including English language and maths.