A Level Law
QUALIFICATION AS / A2
EXAMINATION BOARD WJEC
Do you like lively debate, focused argument, are comfortable with learning facts and writing essays? If the answer is “Yes” you will probably enjoy and succeed in studying A level law. Law has a major influence in our lives, it controls what we can and cannot do and in some cases what we can and cannot say.
Law is not just made at Parliament but is made locally, in Cardiff and in Europe but do we understand how it applies to us?
Studying law will provide you with an insight into the law-making process, the decisions made in court, the people who work within the law, why people protest and influence the law, how sentencing and the courts work.
This is a rigorous and academic A level which will test your ability for remembering and applying legal facts, terminology, argument and recent developments. You will use this knowledge to write essays under exam conditions. A level Law is recognized by all UK universities as a demanding and rigorous A level and offers you access to a wide range of university degrees as well as Law degrees at the top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
The nature of the subject requires regular updating of teaching resources to sustain current awareness of legal processes. Relevant and recent citation will be used to support legal reasoning and argument.
- The Nature of Law and the Welsh and English Legal Systems
- Law of Tort
- Assessed through two exams in May/June at the end of year 1.
- Criminal Law
- Human Rights Law
- Assessed through two exams in May/June at the end of year 2.
AREAS TO BE STUDIED:
The Nature of Law and the Welsh and English Legal Systems:
The role of law in society, moral and ethical influences, how the law is made, how the law is interpreted in courts, how the law is reformed, influences of European law, civil and criminal law processes, legal personnel, access to justice.
Law of Tort:
The rules of law, negligence for injury, duty of care, trespass, defences and remedies.
Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person including assault, battery, ABH, GBH, murder and manslaughter. Property offences including theft, robbery and burglary, defences.
European Court of Human Rights, European Convention of Human Rights, restrictions and enforcement of human rights law, reform of the protection of human rights.
You will be given essays to complete on a regular basis in order to develop your knowledge and understanding, and hone your skills in terms of application and evaluation. Essays will be assessed and marked in accordance with WJEC criteria and must be handed in by the deadline set. Individual feedback will be given so that you are aware of how to improve further, in addition to class discussions and feedback. Regular test practice and mock exams will take place to help you prepare for the exams. This is a compulsory part of the course if you are to succeed in this subject.
Beyond A Level
All UK universities accept A level Law as part entry onto LLB (Law degree) courses. A level Law is recognised by all UK universities as a demanding and rigorous A level and offers you access to a wide range of university degrees as well as Law degrees at the top universities including Oxford and Cambridge, and some of the best universities in the UK including the “Russell Group” universities.
(The “Russel Group” universities are the top twenty universities in the UK.)
- Visits to Parliament.
- Participation in National Parliament Week.
- Participation in the National Mock Trial competition.
- Guest speakers.
- Visits to university lectures.
- Trips and visits where relevant.
5 GCSEs grades A*- C, including a B grade or above in GCSE English.
Activities for Applicants
If you have applied or are in the process of applying for this course there are activities and links contained in our law PDF (Click below) will help you prior to commencing your studies in September.