Qualification: A Level  

Awarding Body: AQA   

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. 

Subject content 

1. The nature of law and the English legal system 

2. Criminal law 

3. Tort 

Options 

4. Law of contract 

5. Human rights 

Curriculum Intent 

The core purposes of study of Law at KEVI HWGA are: 

To broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the English legal system within the law of England and Wales. 

Develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the Judiciary. 

Develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and offer answers to problems, based on legal principles, legislation and case law. 

Develop the ability to construct conclusions and communicate legal arguments.  

Be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the influence and operation of the law in society. 

Overview 

KS5 Students of Law will develop competence in using legal skills during the study of the nature of law, legal issues and the English legal system, and private and public areas of substantive law. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyse a scenario by identifying the key facts from which legal issues arise. Analyse, when formulating a legal argument, legislation by applying the rules and principles of statutory interpretation and analyse case law by applying the doctrine of precedent. 

In respect of each private and public area of substantive law, students are required to study, to analyse, apply and evaluate the legal rules and principles of that area of law. Analysis and application must include the ability to identify and breakdown into constituent parts the relevant legal rules and principles for each area of law and apply those legal principles to a hypothetical scenario. Evaluation must require students to formulate a reasoned argument to support a particular proposition by reference to the relevant legal rules and principles that support that argument. Students of law will be able to construct clear, concise and logical legal arguments which are substantiated by legal authority, using appropriate legal terminology. 

Construct a persuasive argument including instances where they have recognised that there are no clear legal precedents or conflicting precedents to solve a problem. Analyse and critically evaluate legal issues by identifying different perspectives, being able to support their identification of the strongest viewpoint and demonstrating the ability to counter alternative viewpoints. 

Assessment 

Paper 1: 

What’s assessed 

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100). 

Criminal law (75 marks out of 100). 

How it’s assessed 

Written exam: 2 hours 

100 marks 

33% of A-level 

Questions 

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 

Paper 2: 

What’s assessed 

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100). 

Tort (75 marks out of 100). 

How it’s assessed 

Written exam: 2 hours 

100 marks 

33% of A-level 

Questions 

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 

Paper 3: 

What’s assessed 

Law of contract (75 marks out of 100). 

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100). 

OR 

Human rights (75 marks out of 100). 

The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100). 

How it’s assessed 

Written exam: 2 hours 

100 marks 

33% of A-level 

Questions 

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 

Assessment Objectives 

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives: 

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and legal rules and principles. 

AO2: Apply legal rules and principles to given scenarios in order to present a legal argument using appropriate legal terminology. 

AO3: Analyse and evaluate legal rules, principles, concepts and issues.

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