Law

  • Law

“I would recommend A-level Law to a friend because I feel it improves your knowledge
of the country we live in and the way it operates.”

Omar Taki, Year 13 student

“I didn’t originally plan to take Law, but quickly found it to be engaging and
my favourite subject.”

Alice Foster, Year 13 student

 “It is very enjoyable and although it’s hard work, you can see your
hard work paying off.”

Tommy Mercer, Year 13 student

Philosophy of the department
Law plays a vital role in society. Ignorance of the law can bring serious consequences. Everyone is affected by the law. Knowledge of the law can give people more control over their lives and more confidence in their dealings with others. People should be aware of their rights under the law and, equally, of their legal duty to respect the rights of others. Law is not a dry and dusty subject. The cases we study involve real people and decisions about what is fair, just and morally right.

The course encourages you to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems. The main way that you are assessed in the exam is in being given problem scenarios where you are expected to explain how the law applies to that situation. In legal writing, we value an ability to write precisely and concisely.

These are skills which will complement virtually any other subject and which will be valued by employers and universities. Many students combine law with business, geography, psychology, politics or the sciences.

What we expect from our students
Learning in law is not a passive activity. We expect that you will take an active part in all class activities. We hope that you will have a genuine interest in law and will enjoy developing your own understanding. During the course you will attend criminal trials, visit Parliament and listen to visiting speakers. The expectation is that you will enjoy and engage with these to enhance your own learning.

There will be weekly home learning. This might involve revising for a test, writing an answer to a problem question, reading an article or researching some legal cases. 

All problem/exam questions are marked to examination criteria which means that you will know how you are progressing during the course. There are a lot of legal cases to remember in law so that we have regular short tests and a range of class activities to help you remember as we go along rather than cramming at the end.  

We expect you to do your best at all times and we will help you to achieve your best.  There is no coursework or controlled assessment in this subject.

Mrs C Murray-Smith, Head of Law