AS Level Law (WJEC)

Why study this course?

AS level Law has been taught for a couple of years at Malbank High School and Sixth Form College as an enrichment [‘option K'] opportunity to develop a variety of skills that can be applied across the curriculum.

At AS level, all students will learn just what Barristers, Solicitors and Judges actually do, as well as how, and why, people do such jobs. You will also look at how ordinary members of the public, just like you, get to participate in the legal process. From there, you will also be provided with an in-depth look at what happens to an individual from time of arrest, appearing in court and to being sentenced by the courts. From there, you will investigate exactly how Parliament and the Courts create and modify our laws, just like the ones you hear about on the news, and the difficulties judges have in applying them.

How is the course structured?

LA1: 25%

Understanding Legal Values, Structures and Process
(Topics studied includes Common law and equity, Rule of law, human rights, morality, Criminal Process and Criminal Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, Bail, Jury Trial, The Civil Process, Tribunals, Alternative Dispute Resolution)

LA2: 25%

Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Method
European Law, Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, Legislative Process, Delegated Legislation, Doctrine of Precedent, Law Reform, Legal Profession,

NB: due to the fact that the course runs during an enrichment slot [2 hrs/week], students who wish to sit the AS law exams will need to dedicate several hours of their own time each week to ensure that the material is covered and examination skills are developed. 

What are the entry requirements?

Law is a challenging academic course and it requires high level, flexible thinking skills and good writing skills and you should only opt for this course if you have achieved a grade B or above in English and related subjects such as History and RE.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

It would combine particularly well with subjects such as Psychology, Philosophy, English Language or Literature, Sociology, History, Science and RE.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Barristers, Solicitors, Judges, Crown Prosecution Service, Politics, the Civil service, journalism, advertising, education.....these are some of the careers where your ability to turn abstract subjects into solid concepts will be highly regarded.

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Law students are asked to keep abreast of the current topical debates regarding law, using newspapers and the media to keep an eye on the ever-changing world of Law. There will be an opportunity to visit the local and central Civil and Criminal Courts, including the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice in London.

There is also an opportunity to take part in the Mock Trial competition in which students are pitted against each other in a simulated court case, with gowns, wigs and all. Who will win?

What next?

The advantage of studying law is that you will have already begun to develop your reading, discursive, English, Psychology, History and Sociology.  Above all, a successful A Level indicates that you have strong academics ability. Law is a dynamic subject and will help you develop a number skills, particularly your verbal and written communication, which are essentially for any career of higher education course.

It will be a useful stepping stone to a Law Degree at University but can also lead to any number of non-law University courses, including Forensics, Criminology and Business.

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