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Law

Law is the perfect fit for students who are fascinated by the world around them and would like to explore the laws which govern their everyday lives. Although academically demanding, students will benefit from and enjoy the application of law to a number of issues.

Law is ever changing but do our laws adapt in line with our moral values in order to remain relevant within society? Should right to private life prevail over right to freedom of speech? Is it right to acquit a person who has killed in their sleep? Should the life imprisonment sentence mean ‘life’? These are some of the many issues we debate within law lessons. We bring law to life for our students by observing the Criminal Justice System in action with visits to Newcastle Crown Court to observe criminal trials, this offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life cases and observe the work of the legal profession. Students develop a range of skills including critical analysis, problem solving and advocacy skills. Ultimately, students find law rewarding because they gain a wealth of knowledge as the subject is so broad and consequently it opens doors to a range of opportunities.

Law is such an intriguing subject to study. Throughout my two years studying the subject I have developed so much knowledge and learnt so many interesting things which I can apply to daily life. Each lesson had something different, and the teaching standard was excellent.
Jude Davidson, Year 13 student
I found A level law to be an incredibly varied subject: the content ranged from the structure of our legal system and its implementation, to some of the most serious criminal offences and what they are composed of. My favourite part of law was that it combined elements of politics and history into the study. ...
Ryan Days, Year 13 student

Qualification

A level law

Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in English Language.

Year 12

Law is split into a number of topics.

Criminal Law

English Legal System

Law and Justice

Law and Morals

Year 13

Tort Law

Contract Law

Concept of Fault

Law and Society

Balancing Conflicting Interests

Assessment

Three written examinations at the end of Year 13. Each paper is worth 33% of final grade.

Why study law?

Law is an excellent qualification for a wide range of university courses, most notably law itself.  All students who have studied law at A level and who continue law to degree level, report that they are at a distinct advantage having studied law previously.  Universities see the benefits of prospective students having studied law at A level. As well as being excellent preparation for higher education, law is useful for those considering a career in the Civil Service, banking, media, the police, local government, accountancy, business and of course the legal profession.

Additionally, law students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences such as:

  • Visit to Newcastle Crown Court
  • Talk by a solicitor and barrister
  • Compete in mock trials with the Law Society
I would recommend anyone wanting to learn about the law and develop critical thinking skills to choose this subject. Miss Whitaker is an incredibly supportive and passionate teacher that pushed us to voice our own ideas and always asked challenging questions to help us fully reach our potential. Law has been ...
Orlaigh Mullen, Year 13 student