Why study law?
· It’s a ‘new start’ subject - you will all start from the same point.
· It’s about real life - if you’ve watched programmes about the police, criminal justice, civil legal rights and how the law works then it may interest you.
· It has a fantastic track record of success over many years at Tupton Hall School. We have had some of the highest progress measures in the school.
· Top quality teaching, assessment and support from experienced, well qualified teachers.
· Challenging and interesting lessons and activities.
· Connections with the real world – topical discussion and debate.
· Meeting new friends (at least half of our law students come from other schools).
What skills and experience will I need?
You probably won’t have studied law before, so all are welcome. You will find a willingness to read helpful and you should be comfortable with writing answers to questions – reasonable English skills are
An ability to think logically and think around a problem will be developed during the course. If you are interested in the social world around you and enjoy discussion and debate this also helps.
There is no ‘typical’ student – for example, some students mix law with sciences or other social sciences, others with art, music or humanities.
Minimum Grade 4 in English GCSE (ideally grade 5 or above).
Where will law take me?
Law can lead to all sorts of degree courses (law, business, accountancy, forensics) and all sorts of careers (police, prisons, forensics, legal profession, accountancy, the business world).
What will I study?
We will follow, for both AS and A Level law, the OCR specification. It offers a broad but detailed insight into the operation of the English legal system. You will learn the substantive (‘real’) legal rules that apply in real life in criminal law, tort and (for Advanced level) contract law.
- How the English Legal System works
Criminal and civil process, courts, judges, juries and legal professionals.
Parliament, European Union law, judge made law.
Such as criminal law, law of tort and contract law.
AS Level Law
There are 2 components, each worth 50% of the AS marks:
- A study of the English legal system
- A study of Criminal law
- Law making (how English law is made)
- The law of tort
Assessment is by two written exams in the summer. Questions test your knowledge and understanding, evaluation and problem solving skills.
A Level Law
There are 3 components, the first two developing and extending knowledge and skills from the AS Law course:
- The English legal system
- Criminal law
- The nature of law
- Law of contract
Each component carries 1/3 of the marks.
Assessment is of a similar type to that of the AS course.
For more information speak to Dr. Russ.