Oxford College is pleased to offer our A level in Law course. This course is designed to acquire knowledge of the English Legal System, such as how laws are made, Dispute Resolution, Tort law and Criminal Law. Studying this course also helps to further develop analytical skills as well as critical thinking abilities.
Development of these skills is helpful in a wide variety of careers, including Law and you can use this course as a launching point for successful future.
The AS syllabus constitutes two separate units, which is also divided into separate topics. Each topic contains a tutor marked assignment, and provides you with the guidance to develop your own knowledge through research, activities and self-assessment questions.
You are required to complete a number of assignments for your tutor. These will be marked by your tutor and you will receive continued support from your tutor throughout your course.
In the A2 course, you will be assessed on both criminal and civil law and you will be examined on your knowledge of substantive law and the legal system. The A2 is divided into units 3 and 4.
The AS Units
Section A: Law Making
Parliamentary Law Making
This topic assesses your understanding of law within an ethical and moral context. You will look at the historical context of law and engage with key contemporary debates.
You will look at the reasons for delegating legislation and its advantages and disadvantages. You will also look at the public bodies which manage delegated legislation.
You will look at the rationale of statutory legislation, including the rules ‘the mischief rule’, the ‘golden rule’, the ‘literal rule’ and the ‘purposive approach’.
You will look at the hierarchy of the courts, precedent, human rights and the role of judges.
Section B: The legal system
The Civil courts and other Forms of Dispute Resolution
This topic covers alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.
The Criminal Courts and Lay People
You will look at the criminal court structure and the advantages and disadvantages of a jury system.
The Legal Profession and Other Sources of Advice and Funding
This topic covers the varying roles within the legal professional, for example, barristers, solicitors and legal executives. You will look at the role of legal aid and its funding.
You will look at the role of judges within the court system.
Section A: Introduction to Criminal Liability
You will study the principles of criminal liability including actus reus, mens rea, intention and strict liability. You will also learn about offences against the person, including assault and battery.
The second part of this topic area covers sentencing and procedure. You will learn about PACE and rights at the police station. You will also learn about sentencing and procedures at the magistrates and crown courts.
Section B: Tort
You will learn about liability and negligence. You will also cover the courts procedure and damages and learn about court procedure.
Section C: Introduction to Contract
You will learn about formation of and components of a contract. You will also learn about breach of contract, procedure and damages
The course is assessed entirely by examination- there is no coursework.
Unit 1 - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Candidates must answer-
3/8 questions in the following format:
Section A – Law making
Section B – The legal system
And one from either section
Each part of the question is worth 10 marks, there are 30 marks available per question. There are 95 marks available in total- including 5 % for the quality of written work. (QWC)
Unit 2 - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Two problem based scenarios; multi part questions
Candidates must answer 1 question from section A and another from either section A or B. Each section carries 45 marks and there are 5 marks available for QWC.