Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Law Department

The A Level course is a great opportunity to study a subject which directly affects our everyday lives and a chance to find out if you find it sufficiently interesting to devote your career to it.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS & A2 Law - AQA Code: 1161 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The course is a great opportunity to study a subject which directly affects our everyday lives and a chance to find out if you find it sufficiently interesting to devote your career to it.

The AS course covers juries (Do they understand what is happening?), magistrates (Do they reflect the wider population?), judges (Are they out of touch?), the legal profession (Why do we have solicitors and barristers?), as well as the court system, Alternative Dispute Resolution, tribunals, equity, the CPS and legal aid.

We also look at statutory interpretation (how judges interpret statutes) and the doctrine of precedent (how previous decisions must be followed in later cases).

In Year 13 we focus on criminal law, covering murder, manslaughter, crimes against the person and crimes against property (e.g. theft, robbery and burglary). We also look at the defences that may be available to a defendant.

Teaching Methods

The course is broken down into units of work which reflect the law syllabus and homework is based on previous exam questions. Students are encouraged to take an active part in class discussions.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

All assessment is by written examination.

AS Units

  • English Legal System Unit G151 - 2 hour examination - 60% of AS Level.
  • Sources of Law Unit G152 - 1 hour examination - 40% of AS Level.

A2 Units

  • Original Law Unit 153 - 2 hour examination - 60% of AS Level
  • Criminal Law Special Study 1.5 hour examination - 40% of A2 Level

Progression - How will the study of Law benefit students’ future education and career?

Law is widely accepted as an entrance qualification for a wide range of subjects. The course is structured in such a way as to introduce students to methods of tuition that are found in universities.