What does this course involve?
Students will learn about a range of issues within the legal system. There will be 4 units of work completed for the full extended certificate. Below are some of the topics we will learn about. We will attend visits to our local courts to gain some real life experience of the criminal justice system. Students will be expected to maintain folders as well as assessment books. Their presentation is to be exceptional throughout and regular checks will be made.
Unit 1: Dispute solving in Civil Law
- Features of civil law, structure and jurisdiction of the English civil courts, alternatives to the courts in civil dispute resolution, legal skills, sources of advice, sources of funding, the cost of taking legal action, precedent, duty of care, breach of duty, damage, burden of proof and res ipsa loquitur
Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System
- Influences on Parliament, The law‐making procedure in Parliament, how statutes are interpreted by the courts, delegated legislation, the European legislative process and its institutions, the legal profession, financing advice and representation in a criminal trial, lay people, judiciary, non‐fatal offences, aims of sentencing, factors involved in sentencing
Unit 3: Applying the Law
- Murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, theft, robbery, burglary, fraud by false representation, criminal damage, duress, intoxication, self‐defence, insanity and automatism, stop and search, arrest, detention, interviews, searches and samples
Unit 4: Aspects of Family Law
- Marriage and civil partnership, cohabitation, legal rights and obligations of marriage/civil partnership and cohabitation, nullity, divorce and dissolution, judicial separation, financial orders available to the court ondivorce/dissolution, factors the court will take into account when deciding what order to make, orders for children, parenthood and parental responsibility, children’s rights, disputes over children
How is the course assessed?
- There are two exams, one in year 12 and one in year 13. This is marked externally and is from tasks set using units 1 and 3.
- Both exams together are 60% of the final grade and each one lasts for 1.5 hours.
- There are two pieces of coursework, one in year 12 and one in year 13 which are marked internally and moderated by Pearson. They are tasks set by the exam board from units 2 and 4.
- Both pieces of coursework are 40% of the final grade and students will complete one full piece across year 12 and one full piece in year 13.