Law A level is a stimulating subject offered in the Sixth Form. Students explore a wide range of aspects of the English legal system. This provides them with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the law and its application in the modern world. Students are encouraged to develop skills such as writing detailed explanations and applying their legal knowledge to analyse and evaluate different scenarios.
Former students have gone on to take law degrees, become solicitors or have joined the police service. Others have found the skills they have gained useful in a variety of higher education subjects and careers.
Head of Law: Mrs Charlotte Thornton
Teacher of Law/ Deputy Head: Mrs Corinne Gill
Teacher of Law/ Assistant Head/ Business Manager: Mrs Fiona Wood
KS5 includes year 12 and 13
In Year 12 students learn about the English Legal System, such as how the courts are structured and the role of legal personnel. They then study Law Making which focuses on the different methods in the process in making laws, for example the roles of Parliament and the judiciary. They will also learn about Criminal Law, including fatal and non-fatal offences against the person. In addition, they start to gain an understanding of the principles of Tort Law.
In Year 13 students further develop their understanding of Tort Law, in particular liability and negligence. They then go on to study the rules and theory of Contract Law, a compulsory unit in most Law Degree courses. They complete the year with a synoptic paper of the Nature of Law, which includes concepts such as the relationship between the Law and technology, justice and morals.
Additional information/ related activities
Students study the A Level OCR course
Students are encouraged to visit both the Magistrate and Crown Courts in Reading. They are free and students will gain an understanding of the how the courts operate on a daily basis.