About this course
The Law AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
The course includes two units covering legal structures and processes, legal reasoning and personnel.
What you will study
Unit 1: Understanding Legal Structures and Processes
- The development of the common law system and the underlying influence of the rule of law, human rights and morality on our laws.
- The court systems and the institutions of the European Union (includes a visit to the courts).
- The criminal process including the granting of bail and jury trials.
- The civil process including alternatives to the courts and the tribunal system.
- Access to justice and the need for legal aid.
There is one written exam (1hr 30m) in January or June, which consists of answering two two-part essays.
Unit 2: Understanding legal reasoning and personnel
- This involves studying the sources of law and looking at how they are used in the courts. Judicial precedent is case law decided by the judges. Statutory interpretation involves law made by Parliament and how judges interpret their words. Finally we examine European laws and how they impact on English law.
- The personnel looks at the selection and roles of solicitors barristers judges and magistrates.
There is one written exam (1hr 30m) in January or June, which consists of two compulsory application questions where students use their knowledge of the sources of law to solve fictional scenarios.
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A* - C to include English and Maths.
Individual subjects may require higher grades.
Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
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