Welcome to law
Law is about:
- understanding the English Legal System and how it works;
- using legal skills;
- learning about and discussing the development of the law in England and Wales; and
- developing a knowledge of the law of torts and being able to apply the law to real life scenarios.
There are four units:
G151 – English legal system: this unit is based on a knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System. We look at areas including, among others, the police and the powers they have, how the court system works, appeals, the aims of sentencing, what judges do, how to become a solicitor or barrister, the role of lay (those without a legal qualification) magistrates, and the use of juries. We use a textbook that is supplemented by further information and a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Houses of Parliament. The unit is worth 30% of the final grade and is assessed at the end of Year 12.
G152 – Sources of law: this unit looks at where we get our laws from. We investigate questions such as: what is judicial precedent; do judges simply make up the law; what role does Parliament play; can the law be delegated to other bodies and, if so, how, what rules do judges follow in trying to interpret Acts of Parliament; how does European Union law affect our own law and what makes us change and develop the law? This unit is worth 20% of the final grade and is assessed at the end of Year 12.
G153 – Criminal law: in this unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of criminal law, analyse the way that criminal law has developed and learn how to apply it to real-life situations. Areas of criminal law studied include murder, manslaughter (voluntary and involuntary), non-fatal offences against the person, theft, robbery and burglary, actus reus (the physical element of a crime), mens rea (the mental element of a crime), strict liability, criminal attempts and defences to criminal offences. This unit is worth 30% of the final grade and is assessed at the end of Year 13.
G154 – Criminal law special study: the theme for this paper is released in June of the preceding academic year. The theme of 2016-2017 is non-fatal offences against the person. This paper requires students to have a more in-depth knowledge of case law than G153, to be able to write extended essays and to be able to apply knowledge to a series of factual situations. Students also learn how to use source material to support their answers. This unit is worth 20% of the final grade and is assessed at the end of Year 13.