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The English common law system is influential across the world and studying it gives you real perspective on the value of your chosen subject, as well as a fabulous insight into other legal systems.

Law (A Level)  

 
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  • Year 1 & 2
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What Will You Learn?

As a Law student at OSFC, you will develop the knowledge and skills to debate important concepts such as justice and equality. You will see how Law is made and its operation and effect on our everyday lives in England and Wales. You will study areas of criminal, tort and contract topics, as well as the nature of Law. These include non-fatal offences, fatal offences, negligence and aspects of law and morality and justice. This fascinating subject aims to help you develop transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, problem solving and debating.

Modules

Year 1

  • Paper 1- The legal System and Criminal Law: This section focuses on the civil and criminal courts, the legal professions and access to justice. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and people involved in the law and the changing nature of the legal system. In criminal law, you will learn about the non-fatal offences, such as assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm and wounding.
  • Paper 2- Law Making and Tort Law: This section focuses on law making in England and Wales, as well as the European Union. You will study law making methods and their underpinning concepts. You will develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the judiciary. In Tort law, you will learn about negligence and occupiers' liability.

 Year 2

  • Paper 1- The legal System and Criminal Law: This paper focuses on you developing your knowledge and understanding of the criminal law. You will learn about fatal offences, such as murder and manslaughter. You will also learn about property offences and the general defences that apply across the board including intoxication and self-defence.
  • Paper 2- Law Making and Tort Law: This paper focuses on the rules of tort, occupiers’ liability, vicarious liability and specific torts connected to land and remedies. You will develop the skills to apply your legal knowledge to scenario-based situations and gain a critical awareness of the present state of the law of tort.
  • Paper 3- The Nature of Law and Contract Law: This compulsory section focuses on the nature of law. You will explore the nature of law in a wider context and develop your understanding of how the law relates to morality, justice, and society. You will consider the changing nature of law.

In contract law, you will focus on the central elements of contract law from the formation of contracts to their enforcement. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, the skills to apply your legal knowledge to scenario-based situations and gain a critical awareness of the present state of the law of contract.

Special Features

Throughout your two years as a member of the Law department, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and learn more about the legal world:

  • Trips to the Crown Court and Magistrates Court in Manchester, mock trials, a residential trip to London including visits to parliament, the supreme court and the Royal Courts of Justice. There is also a trip to Salford University, talks from current university Law students, universities and professionals.
  • Access to Law programme for gifted and talented students.
  • Here at OSFC, we have our very own Amnesty youth group. As part of this Xtras programme, you will be campaigning and fundraising against breaches of human rights across the world. You will work as a group to develop campaign ideas, whether that be letter writing, holding cake sales, signing petitions or making videos. It will help you develop transferable skills such as communication, research, creativity and organisation. If you are a student passionate about human rights, then this group is for you.
  • Support workshops run at lunch time.

Where Will This Lead?

Law is a highly regarded subject by all employers and universities. Those with Law A-Level go into careers as solicitors, barristers, civil servants, politicians, bankers, teachers, legal executives, criminal psychologists and police officers.

Law is valued not only because it is a challenging course, but because it will enable you to develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and offer answers to legal problems, based on legal rules and principles and develop the ability to construct and communicate legal arguments by reference to appropriate legal authorities.  You will develop your critical awareness of the law throughout the course.