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At some point in your life you will come into contact with the English legal system, whether this is to set up a business, write a will, get a divorce or report a crime.

This course will de-mystify the legal system by introducing you to the people and processes involved in creating laws, along with the role of the police, legal professionals and the ordinary men and women of the jury.

You will develop critical thinking skills and learn to apply these laws to factual scenarios so that you are able to advise on the likely outcome.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities. Previous trips have included visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg; the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court in London; Norwich Crown Court to witness the law in action and a unique opportunity in your second year to participate in the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, where students pit their wits against other schools and colleges by taking on the roles of barristers, witnesses and court personnel in a dramatic courtroom showdown.

Pictured - Trip to Norwich Crown Court

Assessment

You will be tested on your ability to explain, apply and evaluate the course content. This course is assessed solely by exams (OCR exam board) so there is no coursework element.

• 2 exams at the end of the first year (AS level) – 90 minutes each

• 3 exams at the end of the second year (A level) – 2 hours each

This is a linear A level course so the first year exams wont count towards the final A level grade but they will be used for university predictions and college references. All students must pass the first year in order to progress to the second year. The AS course can be taken as a stand-alone qualification if you wish (worth 40% of the A level UCAS points).

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and an average GCSE score of at least 5.20.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

Content

The A level course is divided into 3 equal components:

• Component 1 – The Legal System (25%) & Criminal Law (75%)

(Civil and criminal courts and procedures; sentencing; lay and legal personnel, access to justice; criminal rules and theory; actus reus and mens rea; murder and manslaughter; non-fatal offences against the person; property offences; general defences and attempted offences)

• Component 2 – Law Making (25%) and the Law of Tort (75%)

(Parliamentary law making; delegated legislation; statutory interpretation; judicial precedent; law reform and European Union law; the rules and theory of tort law; negligence; occupiers’ liability; public and private nuisance; vicarious liability; defences and remedies)

• Component 3 – The Nature of Law (25%) and Human Rights Law (75%)

(Introduction to the nature of law; law and morality; law and justice; law and society and law and technology; rules of theory of human rights law; protection of an individual’s rights and freedoms in the UK; the European Convention on Human Rights; restrictions on human rights and enforcement of human rights law)

    Outcome/Progression

    Can I study Law at A level if I want to study it at university?

    • Yes!

    • Our current students have chosen to study law for many different reasons (often just wanting to know more about a topic of interest). Approximately half of them go on to study law at university.

    • Our students have received offers from all of the top universities (including Cambridge and Oxford).

    • You don’t have to study law at A level to go on to do so at degree level but we certainly advise it. Our past students say that they had a big advantage over students who had not studied law at A level. It also avoids the risk of signing up for a course (and paying c. £27,000 in tuition fees!) for a course you have no prior experience in.

    What other subjects does Law combine well with?

    • Our current students study a very wide range of subjects alongside law but the most popular combinations are history, English, maths, politics, criminology, sociology and psychology.

    • Just pick subjects you think you will enjoy and do well in!

    • You must have a keen interest in reading and writing.

    Inspirational Links

    Follow us on twitter and keep up to date with trending legal debates, together with some weird and wonderful cases! You can find us here - @EastNorfolkLaw.

    Fancy yourself as a top lawyer? Come and represent EN in a national mock trial competition that takes places every year in the Autumn Term. Check out this website for more details:

    http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/page.php?479

    Course Information

    Level

    A level

    Course Work

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