AQA Law is currently studied in the sixth form at both AS and A2 level, but from September 2017 onwards the reformed A level course will be taught.
The course allows students to gain an understanding of how the legal system and laws influence others.
Year 12 students learn about how laws are created and the operation of civil and criminal courts. They also develop an understanding of the criteria which has to be satisfied for a person to be held liable for non-fatal offences (e.g. assault, battery and ABH) and negligent acts.
Year 13 students study homicide, non-fatal (e.g. wounding and GBH) and property offences (e.g. theft and burglary), as well critiquing the effectiveness of the law.
Students are encouraged to explore the subject beyond the classroom, including watching documentaries (e.g. Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan and The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers) and reading magazines / journals (e.g. Law Review and Law Student).
Furthermore, students often participate in a mock trial competition against other local schools, and also visit either Luton Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, to gain a practical understanding of the law.
Mock Trial Competition Winners 2015