AS / A2 Law
In 2017 A Level Law is changing; there will be a linear (two-year) qualification or a stand-alone (one-year) AS qualification.
Throughout the AS and the A Level students will be expected to study;
The Nature of Law and the Legal System You will study the different areas from which laws develop, looking at the role of the courts, Acts of Parliament and the effect of European Law. You will also develop an understanding of how the law changes over time by researching cases which have been decided in higher courts and the effect of the decisions judges make on a daily basis.
You will learn about the civil courts, alternatives to the court actions. You will also learn about police powers, the powers of arrest and stop and search, the criminal courts and the power courts have to sentence offenders. You will also learn about barristers, solicitors and judges as well as the magistrates and jurors who make up the lay personnel in our legal system. You will learn about their role and how they work within the English legal system.
You will study three aspects of substantive public and private law including;
The Law of Tort - This will cover the nature of tort, negligence; duty owed to lawful and unlawful visitors; vicarious liability; trespass to land; nuisance; Rylands v Fletcher; trespass to the person; defences.
Criminal Law - The Elements of criminal liability, attempted crimes and defences. Offences including homicide (murder, manslaughter) the non-fatal offences against the person and property offences (theft, burglary, robbery)
Human Rights - The rules of human rights law and theory in human rights, the protection of the individual’s rights and freedoms in the UK through the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 along with reference to specific Articles, case studies. Evaluation and potential reform of human rights law.
A Levels are exam-based qualifications and the assessment is completed after 2 years for the linear course and 1 year for the standalone AS qualification.
Throughout the year you will experience a supportive learning environment with a studentcentred approach to learning which will help develop the skills required for higher level studies and employment.
The Law Department offers an opportunity to progress on to a Qualifying Law degree based at the College campus in the first year, to students who successfully achieve good grades at A2 in a variety of subjects. All students must apply through the UCAS system.
This degree is in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, with students progressing to the University Campus in their second and third years of study. Students are also offered the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree in law and spend two further years at the College reading a range of legal topics and experiencing the law from a practical vocational perspective.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students have a variety of options. They would be qualified to work in a legal environment such as a solicitor’s office as a member of the Institute of Legal Executives and after a work qualifying period would be able to apply for full fellowship status.
Otherwise students can progress on to the second year of a qualifying law degree (LLB) with the University of Sunderland.