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Duration of study
- Discovering and using the law
- Sources of law – keeping up to date
- Practical legal skills – reading a case
Module 1 - The nature and institutions of law
- Why society needs law
- Classification of law
- How and why law needs to change
- Criminal and civil courts
- The court system and the administration of law
- The personnel of the law
Module 2 - Legal processes
- Statute law
- Case law
- Changing the law
- Police powers
- The criminal and civil processes
- Sources of legal advice and funding a claim
Module 3 - The law of tort
- Occupiers' liability
- Nuisance and trespass
- General defences to tort
Module 4 - Criminal law
- Introduction to crime
- Fatal offences against the person
- Non-fatal offences against the person
- Property offences
- Defences to crime and sentencing
Module 5 - Family law
- Marriage, separation and divorce
- After divorce
- Wills and the law of succession
Module 6 - Rights and responsibilities
- Contract and consumer law
- Contracts of employment
- Rights and freedoms under the law
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 16 assignments
Set texts and resources
The following textbooks are suggestions:
- GCSE Law, J Martin, Hodder Education 2009
- AQA GCSE Law Student’s Book, A Jones and T Page, Nelson Thornes 2009
Some online databases may charge a fee for access to their resources.
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