A Level Law is a popular choice at Key Stage 5. Students follow the AQA specification and are assessed by examination at the end of each year. There is no coursework component.
The study of Law helps to develop a student’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the systematic application of legal rules. Students learn to think logically and to use legal cases and authority to support their arguments. They gain a range of transferable skills that will make them attractive to university admissions tutors and employers alike. Indeed, each year, a number of KES Law students go on to read Law at university. A Level Law is particularly useful to students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession, the police force, business, banking or the civil service.
The AS Level specification is split into two units, of equal weighting, which are assessed by examinations at the end of the year. The first unit develops knowledge and understanding of the legal system, together with an evaluation of its operation and performance. The second unit introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal and civil law.
Unit 1 - Law Making and the English Legal System
- Parliamentary law making
- Statutory interpretation
- The criminal courts
- The role of magistrates and juries
Unit 2 - The Concept of Liability
- Principles of criminal liability. Students examine a range of non-fatal offences against the person, court procedure and sentencing
- Liability in negligence. Students learn how to identify negligence, take a claim to court and calculate an award of damages
The A2 Level specification develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS Level. The two units are of equal value and are assessed by examinations. As in Unit 2, students must be able to identify offences in a scenario and explain how the required elements of those offences have been satisfied by the characters. In addition, students will study the concepts of law and the views of philosophers such as Aristotle, Bentham and Rawls.
Unit 3 - Criminal Law
- Fatal offences, including murder and manslaughter
- Defences, including insanity, intoxication and self-defence
- Critical evaluation of the above and discussion of possible reforms
Unit 4 - Criminal Law and Concepts of Law
- Offences against property, including theft, robbery, burglary, blackmail, fraud and criminal damage
- Defences, including duress
- Concepts: law and morals, law and justice and judicial creativity