Law

  • Exam Board: WJEC
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE English Language & Literature 9-5

How are laws made? What is the law? Why is most crime dealt with by volunteers who are not legally trained? How do you become a barrister or a solicitor? How do you become a judge? Why is there not more diversity in the legal profession? What gives the European Union the right to make laws for the UK? What happens if you are arrested? What are Human Rights? Why do terrorists have Human Rights? When can the Government take our Human Rights away? These are just some of the absorbing questions we consider in A-level Law.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • experienced teacher with a background in law practice.
  • textbooks and online resources.

There is a lot to learn. You will be provided with or will make detailed notes using worksheets and books. You will discuss legal scenarios in pairs and small groups. You will be addressed by visiting speakers, and you will visit Birmingham Crown Court – always an enjoyable and fascinating day.

We have links with university Law departments. Our students have gone to many fine institutions to read for degrees in the subject.

Module Assessment Notes
Year 12 Unit 1: Understanding Legal Values, Structures and Processes
Issues include: criminal prosecution process and juries; civil actions; and the basic principles underlying the law.
Written examination 50% of AS, 25% of A2
Unit 2: Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods
Issues include: How Parliament makes law; law reform; how judges make the law; how the European Union makes laws we have to follow in the UK.
Written examination 50% of AS, 25% of A2
Year 13 Unit 3: Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Issues include: Your right to protest; police powers; official secrets, and when and how the state can spy on you.
Written examination 50% of AS, 25% of A2
Unit 4: Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Issues include: privacy, when you can get away with kiss and tell memoirs, what the papers can and can’t say about you; and discrimination.
Written examination 50% of AS, 25% of A2