Why Should You Take This Course?
Law is an interesting and exciting subject which will always challenge you. It develops your critical thinking and problem solving skills whilst developing an awareness of our English Legal System. There has always been a myth about if you study Law then you cannot do a Law Degree but this is not true. Most expect you to have developed skills learnt in A Level when you start the degree.
For AS, students will explore the workings and structure of the English Legal System, looking at discrimination within the police and the process of sentencing criminals to receive justice.
Progression on to A2 requires students to get a D at AS. For A2, students learn in detail the different elements of crimes and defences available to the crown prosecution service and defendants.
How will I be assessed?
There is no Coursework in AS or A2, therefore assessment is through two exams in May for AS and June for A2.
AS: Year 1
English Legal System is assessed by a 2 hour exam paper comprising of seven questions, from which students will attempt four. For AS Sources of Law there is a 1 hour exam paper comprising of one three-part source-based question from a choice of two.
A2: Year 2
Criminal Law is assessed by a 2 hour exam paper comprising of eight questions, from which students will attempt three. For A2 Criminal Law Special Study, there is a 1.5 hour exam paper comprising of one three-part question based on a pre-released study.
Are there any special expenses?
There are no special expenses although a trip to London is offered to students as an option, when they study the different courts and judges.
What could I do next?
Law is often studied as a single discipline at university. It is also commonly found as one of the subjects in a joint honours degree and is an important component in many other degrees such as Business Studies. The study of Law at university often leads to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but legal training is also valuable in many other sectors. Recent developments also mean that you can do a higher level apprenticeship in Law and progress in to the profession.