Subject Intent: Why Law?

Law provides a grounding and basis for students to become an informed citizen. Our curriculum helps to develop the British values of students by reviewing the rule of Law and how key cases have helped to shape the English Legal system and their impact on society. Through studying Law students also develop individual liberty and mutual respect of others and are able to identify how their decisions can influence decision making. Our curriculum also enables our students to review different viewpoints from individuals and make informed decisions based on evidence, leading to many careers within the field of Law such as legal clerks, barristers or becoming a judge.

What will I study?

  • English legal system: criminal courts and lay people, legal profession, civil courts and funding.
  • Criminal law: general elements, non-fatal offences, fatal offences, property offences, mental capacity defences and general defences.
  • Law making: legislation and delegated legislation, law reform, European law, judicial precedent and statutory interpretation.
  • Tort law: negligence, vicarious liability, occupier’s liability, torts connected to land and defences and remedies.
  • Nature of law: justice, society and morality.
  • Human rights: human rights act, articles under the European convention of human rights, enforcement and protection of human rights.
  • 100% exam based.
  • 3 exams at the end of 2 years.
  • Exam Board: OCR.


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What are lessons like in this subject?

Throughout the course, there is a variety of different teaching methods used to support learner’s knowledge and understanding. The lessons concentrate on varied retrieval techniques and group activities. The subject is taught using legal case law and students use this knowledge to apply to scenario-based activities.

Due to the nature of the subject, discussions and debates occur often. Learning is continued outside the classroom by regular visits to the local courts. Furthermore, we organise guest speakers including members of the legal profession and the National Crime Agency.

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I have really enjoyed studying Law at New College Pontefract, not only is the content really interesting but doing Law at A-level has taught me some really valuable transferable skills such as critical thinking and decision-making, which in-turn has made me want to pursue a career in Law.

Molly Parkinson, Carleton High School

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