Studying law is an opportunity to study the foundations of what makes England tick. When learning law, students learn to think critically by analysing our legal system, applying the law to real scenarios and constructing concise arguments to support their view.
Our shared goal is to foster a love of the law and set our students on the path to success by encouraging them to analyse and offer solutions to problems based on the very legal principles which govern our country. To build their own conclusions and develop their own legal arguments. To think as lawyers do.
Our curriculum aims to ensure that all students develop legal knowledge, conceptual understanding, key skills and learner attributes. The curriculum is a progression model, through which students understand the basic legal principles which govern our country before developing and applying them to criminal, tort and human right scenarios. Students will evaluate and analyse the core legal theories on the nature of law to develop their own evaluative perspective. Our curriculum is underpinned by the following core concepts:
The Core Concepts
key stage 5
The Legal System - How does our legal system achieve justice?
- Civil & criminal court, tribunals, sentencing, magistrates, juries, the judiciary, legal personnel and access to justice
Law Making – How are laws made and upheld?
- Parliamentary law making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, law reform and EU Law
Criminal Law – How is criminal liability achieved in different scenarios?
- Actus reus, mens rea, non-fatal offences, murder, voluntary & involuntary manslaughter, theft, robbery and defences
Tort Law – How is civil liability achieved in different scenarios?
- Negligence, occupiers liability, nuisance, Rylands v Fletcher, vicarious liability, remedies and defences
The Nature of Law – What role does the Law play and how does it achieve balance with everyday concepts?
- Law and morality, law and justice, law and society and law and technology
Human Rights Law – How are our human rights upheld?
- The Human Rights Act, Article 5 – the right to liberty and security, Article 6 – the right to a fair trial, Article 8 – the right to family and private life, Article 10 – freedom of expression and Article 11 – right to freedom of assembly.