George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Law

Overview

lawThe Law Department at George Salter Academy consists of highly motivated teachers who are determined to ensure that all students studying law develop the required skills and enthusiasm to allow them to succeed.

The Law Department is well staffed and resourced, and teachers have developed a wide range of specialisms which enhance the teaching of the subject. Law is a fascinating subject which is delivered as part of the Post 16 curriculum. Studying Law will give students interested in a career in law, a taste of what studying law at further education would be like. Studying the subject also allows students to develop essential transferable skills such as analysis and problem-solving, which are useful in any career.

Study Support

Law students debatingOne of the strengths of the law department is the wide ranging study support offered to students studying the subject. The law department has developed a very successful programme to support the study of law. This includes:

  • Saturday School Sessions
  • Holiday Study Support Sessions
  • Twilight Sessions

The programme also includes visits, trips and presentations from outside speakers to support the learning taking place in lessons. This has included:

  • Visits to Police Stations
  • Visits to Birmingham Crown Court
  • Visits to Wolverhampton Combined Court
  • Visits to Young Offenders Institution
  • Visits to Citizen Advice Bureau
  • Presentations by Crown Prosecution Service
  • Presentations by Probation Service
  • Mock Trials/Bail Applications

What the students say about the department

"Studying Law has given me an insight into how the legal framework of our country works. It is an enjoyable subject which gives us knowledge on how the law affects our everyday lives." A-Level Law Student

"The criminal aspect is the most interesting – you get to look into various crimes such as murder and discuss the impact law has." A-Level Law student

"Studying Law prepares you for further education and helps you gain the skills needed in employment by challenging your ability to understand and discuss topics relevant in society." AS Level Law student

Contact

Mrs H. Westwood, email: h.westwood@georgesalter.com

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Law is not offered at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Law is not offered at Key Stage 4.

Post 16

The Law Department offers A Level Law in Year 12 Year 13. Each unit is assessed by an examination, there is no coursework for this qualification. Law can enhance your chances of being accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science or business degree, or any other course of study. It is also a useful subject for students wishing to go into employment at the end of Sixth Form. A large number of our students who complete the A Level Law course continue to study Law or a Law related degree at University.

Year 12

AS Law

AS Unit G151: English Legal System - concentrates on various aspects of the English legal system, including: the courts; alternative methods of dispute resolution; police powers; principles of sentencing; the judiciary; the legal profession; provision and funding of legal services; lay magistrates; juries

AS Unit G152: Sources of Law – concentrates on the doctrine of precedent; Acts of Parliament; delegated legislation; statutory interpretation; European Union law

New Specification from 2017

AS Level Law

Unit H015/01: The Legal System and Criminal Law – concentrates on various aspects of the English Legal System and Criminal Law such as Actus Reus; Mens Rea; Murder; Manslaughter; and Non-fatal offences against the person.

Unit H015/02: Law Making and the Law of Tort – concentrates on how laws are made by Parliament and Judges. This unit will also look at the Law of Tort, including negligence and nuisance.

BTEC Applied Law

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Law, equivalent to AS Level—1 year course - 3 Units

1 Dispute Solving in the Legal System - the difference between civil and criminal law, how this determines in which courts disputes are resolved in the legal system, the personnel involved in the resolution process, and the financing of advice and representation and alternatives to the courts.

2 Understanding Law Making - the different ways in which laws are created and their importance, together with knowledge of how laws are interpreted, and the impact of European law and institutions.

3 Aspects of Legal Liability - the sort of negligence and the principles of criminal liability, together with knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

New Specification from 2017

Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Civil Law - Controlled Conditions Assessment – Externally Assessed

Weighting: 25% of Extended Certificate

Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System – Coursework Assessment – Internally Assessed

Weighting: 25% of Extended Certificate

 

Year 13

A2 Law

A2 Units G153: Criminal Law - covers: principles of criminal liability; actus reus; mens rea; strict liability; attempts; general defences; murder; manslaughter; non-fatal offences against the person; theft; burglary; robbery

A2 Units G154 – Criminal Law Special Study - this unit has a set of pre-released "Special Study" source materials on which candidates base their responses. The sources can be extracts from judgments, articles or Acts of Parliament. The unit is based on one particular area of law. Topics for the Special Study have included:- Duress as a defence; Non-Fatal Offences against the Person; Involuntary Manslaughter; Attempted crimes; and Insanity and Automatism

New Specification from 2017 (Two Year Course- Assessment at end of Year 13)

A-Level Law

Unit H415/01: The Legal System and Criminal Law - concentrates on various aspects of the English Legal System and Criminal Law such as Actus Reus; Mens Rea; Murder; Manslaughter; and Non-fatal offences against the person.

Unit H415/02: Law Making and the Law of Tort – concentrates on how laws are made by Parliament and Judges. This unit will also look at the Law of Tort, including negligence and nuisance.

Unit H415/03: Further Law – covers the nature of law and the relationship between law and morality and students will also study Human Rights Law.

BTEC Applied Law

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law equivalent to A2 Level—2 year course; 6 Units - 3 above plus

4 Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers - to apply the law on murder and on manslaughter, together with knowledge of police powers with respect to arrest and detention.

5 Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers - the law relating to property offences, fraud, criminal damage, and police search powers.

6 Aspects of the Law of Tort - students will study economic loss and negligent misstatements; Psychiatric Harm; Occupiers’ Liability and Private Nuisance.

New specification from 2017

Unit 3: Applying the Law – Controlled Conditions Assessment – Externally Assessed

Weighting: 33.3% of Extended Certificate

Unit 4: Aspects of Tort - Coursework Assessment – Internally Assessed

Weighting: 16.7% of Extended Certificate

 

Exam results 2014 2015 2016
AS Law 39% A*-C;
61% A*-E
73% A*-C;
91% A*-E
80% A*-C;
100% A*-E
A2 Law 67% A*-C;
100% A*-E
92% A*-C;
100% A*-E
78% A*-C;
100% A*-E
Table of Law exam results 2014 - 2016

 

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