What do I need to study this course? As this is an academic course a good grasp of the English language is essential. Ideally we would prefer it if you had a grade C at both English Language, and English Literature. You don’t need to have any prior understanding of the law and how it works, but realistically you should be interested in the law and keep up to date with the latest news. What does the course involve? The course is split into four topics. The exam board do not have a final specification yet, as it’s a new course starting in 2017. However, they have produced a specification which is awaiting approval by the government. From that I am aware that the planned topics are as follows. Unit 1 – Law Making and the Legal System This a written exam where students answer questions on topics including; The Criminal Court System, The Legal Profession and Funding, The Civil Court System and Delegated Legislation and the Judiciary. Unit 2- Criminal Liability and Liability in Negligence This is also a written exam based on the study of the liability of defendants in criminal and negligence situations. This involves learning the elements of crimes such as grievous bodily harm, assault and battery. They will also study the issues surrounding duty of care, breach of duty and the issue of damages in negligence. Unit 3- Criminal Liability, Property Law and Concepts of Law Within this unit pupils will consolidate their knowledge of criminal liability as well as studying the liability of murder, unlawful act manslaughter and gross negligence. They will also learn about the different defences available to criminal defendants. Students will complete a written exam based on the liability for property offences such as theft, robbery and criminal damage through scenarios. Students will also learn about the different attempted crimes, such as attempted murder. They will also complete a synoptic paper which will bring together their knowledge from previous topics. Unit 4- Human Rights There will be a study of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights and several of the human rights guaranteed within them including the right to life, freedom of expression. We will also study the impact of the Second World War on human rights as well as the argument of rights versus liberties. What next? Law is a useful subject for lots of different career paths. Obviously, it is especially useful if you are thinking of going into the legal profession but it also gives you a good grounding for a careers as police officers, doctors, nurses and teachers. The academic nature of the course means that it gives you skills which are transferable to careers such as journalism or psychology. Examination Board: AQA
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