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Law and Criminology

Curriculum Intent

Critical application of the law to construct justified, evidence based lines of argument.


  • Ms A J Dearing (Head of Department)
  • Mrs L Woodley


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The department is based in Room 22. All students are issued with Student Unit Guides covering the entire specification in order to help them focus their revision, build their confidence and strengthen their exam technique. The department also supports students through the School’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


A Level Law provides students with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including criminal and civil law and human rights law. In addition, they develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which assist students in Higher Education, in the workplace and in everyday life. The course develops excellent written communication skills and research skills, while engaging the student in real life challenges. As students are introduced to substantive law in the first year, their interest is stimulated and maintained throughout the whole course of study.

Key Stage 5

The Law Department teaches the AQA specification for which there is no coursework element and no previous of knowledge of the subject is required. This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of Year 13. There are three papers, the subject content of which is set out below:

Paper 1:

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 33% of A-Level


A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

The nature of law and the English legal system

Criminal law

Paper 2:

The nature of law and the English legal system


Paper 3:

The nature of law and the English legal system

Human rights


Students are encouraged to enter the Bar National Mock Trial Competition run by the Citizenship Foundation in conjunction with The Bar Council, as well as Debating Matters, a national debating competition. Students are also given the opportunity early in Year 12 to visit London’s legal landmarks including Parliament, The Supreme Court and the Royal Courts of Justice.