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Why choose this subject?

What do Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Darren Brown and Gerard Butler have in common? (They all have law degrees!). If you are interested in current affairs, enjoy reading and want to know more about the English Legal System and the Criminal Justice System, then consider A Level Law.  You will ideally enjoy being challenged intellectually, have a logical mind and have the ability to solve complex problems along with the skill of writing creative essays.

Entry requirements:

Ideally you will have a B in English. C grade in English is the absolute minimum requirement. Good grades in History, Science and Maths are also useful.Exam Board - AQA

Latest News

All AS and A2 exams will now be taken at the end of the year either in May or June 2014.  There are no longer any January exams!

Latest News items:


June 2013: Duty of Care/Negligence and breach of Human Rights from Ministry of Defence – Landmark decision by Supreme Court

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/19/iraq-soldiers-families-sue-ministry-of-defence
http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jun/19/supreme-court-mod-iraq-joshua-rozenberg

24 Jun 2013:   Lady Hale becomes most senior female Judge in British legal history -The only woman among the 12 supreme court justices takes over deputy presidency from Lord Hope, who retires this week. She is the only woman among the 12 supreme court justices.

Prest v Prest 2013 – Supreme Court Ruling - Landmark decision in divorce settlements
An oil trader's attempt to conceal his wealth inside a company has been defeated by a Supreme Court ruling that closes a potential loophole in divorce settlements. In a unanimous judgment, seven justices upheld an appeal by Yasmin Prest, the ex-wife, who is seeking a share in seven properties in London and the West Indies owned by Petrodel Resources Ltd.
The decision will set a precedent for anyone seeking to protect their possessions from a former partner by setting up a business.

June 2013
Girl awarded £14m compensation after car crash left her paralysed
Issy  Sale, who has complete tetraplegia and has just finished her AS-levels, awarded one of the biggest payments made to a child
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jun/26/issy-sale-award-14m-compensation-car-crash-paralysed

News items (Extracted from the Times, BBC:

27/06/13 - Ian Brady
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/philipcollins/article3796636.ece

27/06/13 – Same sex marriage
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1268136.ece

27/06/13 – Philadelphia’s Abortion ‘Monster’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23004693

27/06/13 – Legal Aid Cuts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22936684

27/06/13 – Parents win damages after son is left brain damaged
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22913975

AQA EXAM NEWS:

From September 2013 there will only be summer examinations taking place for all modules studied.  This applies to both AS and A2 modules.
Further information about these exam changes can be found on using the following link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/law/a-level/law-2160

Outside the classroom

We believe that enrichment opportunities can be gained outside the classroom through scheduled visits to the local Magistrate and Crown Courts.  Students are given the opportunity to visit Magistrates and chat with them. Visits to The Houses of Parliament enable students to understand what Parliament is about, law making and democracy in action.
Recently we have taken ALEVEL students to Philip Chance Law firm to get our students to have a feel for careers in Law and Business support.

Support for your learning

Many thanks to Dilwoar Hussain (Former student at Loxford).
http://home.loxfordlaw.co.uk/

Combine this course with:
Oxford University states that “Law is a subject with which almost any combination of A’ level subjects are appropriate. A’ Level Law is regarded in the same light as any other A level subject. Ideally, you will combine Law with one essay based subject (English, History, and Drama) and one logic based subject (Maths, Science, Economics).

Some ideal background subjects are useful if you wish to pursue Law further, for example a modern language gives you a huge advantage if you combine this with a Law degree at university. You will also have the added bonus of spending a year in a European country. Chemistry with Law could allow you to apply for a degree in Forensic Science. “A forensic scientist must be able to present results to a non-scientific audience under stressful conditions in a court of law”. Other career routes are given below:

Essential if you go on to:
Journalism, the Civil Service, Diplomacy, Business and Management areas, Law, Teaching, Banking, Home Office, European Institutions.

Law students can access the following websites to enhance their knowledge of law:Citizens Advice Bureaux www.adviceguide.org.ukLaw Commission www.lawcom.gov.ukLaw Society www.lawsociety.org.uk
The Bar Council www.barcouncil.org.uk
The English website of Asif Tufal www.a-level-law.com
UK Parliament www.parliament.uk

Media sites:
The Times www.thetimes.co.uk
The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk
Official Govt. guide.www.direct.gov.uk
Parliament wesbtie - http://www.parliament.uk/




 

What you will learn in KS5

AS Level LAW

Unit 1 LAW01
Section A – Law Making
Y12 students will learn about all forms of Parliamentary Law Making, Delegated legislation

Section B- The Legal System
Students will learn the civil and criminal courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Unit 2 LAW02 – The Concept of Liability
Section A
Introduction to criminal liability – elements of a crime and non-fatal offences, The Courts, procedure and Sentencing.

Section B
Introduction to Tort – Liability in Negligence, The Courts: Procedure and Damages

Y12 Students sit two exams in summer for both Unit 1 and Unit 2.





A2 Level LAW

Unit 3 LAW 03 Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)
Y13 students will study substantive criminal law, namely, Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person, a range of defences and will have to complete a critical evaluation of the offences.

Unit 4 LAW04 – Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law
Y13 students will study a range of property offences and defences.
Students will then have to learn Concepts of law such as Law and Morals, Law and Justice, Fault, Judicial Creativity and Balancing conflicting interests.

Y13 students will sit two exams in summer for both Unit 3 and Unit 4