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Course overview

Law is a stimulating, fascinating subject and not just about police, courts and criminals.

The A Level Law course provides a thorough and fascinating insight into several critical areas of UK law. You will learn all about different crimes ranging from assault through to murder and the criminal justice system that oversees your safety and the punishment of offenders. Had an accident in the last three years? You will learn about the law of tort and its impact on your health and safety, both at home and at work. Have you ever bought goods online that don't work or don't match their description? That will be a breach of contract and you will learn all about contract law in year 2.

And in these heady days of political turbulence it is important to understand how laws are made, how your rights are protected and the way in which our constitution ensures an equal distribution of power. Such issues form a key part of the English Legal System and the Nature of Law unit and will underpin all of the substantive law units.

Much of the subject matter is approached through class discussion, the use of video material, internet activities, textbooks and reference to topical events. You will be given a course handbook that contains information, activities and homework tasks to be completed. You will be encouraged to draw on your own experiences in order to look at the world and analyse current affairs within a legal framework.

What else do I need to know?

The Law department is a very innovative department and makes comprehensive use of the college Virtual Learning Environment (I-Site). All materials including online textbooks, online law journals, twitter, revision booklets and MP3 revision files can be accessed by all learners via the Internet. In addition to the classroom activities, the Law department runs an annual study visit to London and has a number of guest speakers to visit the college such as Solicitors, Barristers and the CPS to provide career advice.

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What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices

How is it assessed?

Assessment is comprised of three examinations at the end of two years' study. Progression to year two will be dependent on successful completion of year one Progression Exams as well as a learner's Key Assessment profile

Paper 1 The Nature of Law and the English Legal System - Criminal Law. You will study the underlying nature of law and its role in society including the various mechanisms used to create law, the roles of the courts in enforcing/applying law and the work of personnel in administering justice. You will study criminal law from the viewpoint of a range of criminal offences with an emphasis on the application of your knowledge using fictitious scenarios.

Paper 2 The Nature of Law and the English Legal System - Tort Law. You will study the underlying nature of law and its role in society including the various mechanisms used to create law, the roles of courts in enforcing/applying law and the work of personnel in administering justice. You will study civil law from the viewpoint of a range of torts (civil wrongs) with an emphasis on the application of your knowledge using fictitious scenarios.

Paper 3 Contract Law. You will examine the essential requirement for creating legal relations. You will consider offer and acceptance, considerations and intentions when creating a legal agreement. The course will outline the possible defence and remedies available to all, including the impact these have on defendants and claimants.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

You will gain nationally recognised qualifications accepted by employers and as an entry requirement in Higher Education. A Level Law is well regarded in banking, the Civil Service, Local Government and industry. Besides leading to a career in the legal profession, it can help to develop a career in marketing, personnel and retail management.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Mark Steele, Course Leader, by emailing: mark.steele@nscg.ac.uk

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