Subject Intent: Why Law?

Law provides a grounding and basis for students to become an informed citizen. Our curriculum helps to develop Fundamental British Values of students by reviewing the rule of law, how key cases have helped to shape the English legal system and their impact on society. Through studying Law students also develop individual liberty and mutual respect for an awareness of others. Our curriculum also enables our students to review different viewpoints from individuals and make informed decisions based on evidence, leading to many careers within the field of law such as legal clerks, barristers or becoming a judge.

What will I study?

  • English Legal System: Criminal Courts and Lay People, Legal Profession, Civil Courts and Funding
  • Criminal Law: General Elements, Non-fatal Offences, Fatal Offences, Property Offences, Mental Capacity Defences and General Defences
  • Law Making: Legislation and delegated legislation, Law Reform, European Law, Judicial Precedent and Statutory interpretation
  • Tort Law: Negligence, Vicarious Liability, Occupiers Liability, Torts connected to land and Defences and Remedies
  • Nature of Law: Justice, Society, Morality and Technology
  • Human Rights: Human Rights Act, Articles under the European Convention of Human rights, Enforcement and Protection of Human Rights


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What are lessons like in this subject?

Throughout the course, there is a variety of different teaching methods used to support learner’s knowledge and understanding. The lessons concentrate on varied retrieval techniques and group activities. The subject is taught using legal case law and students use this knowledge to apply to scenario-based activities. Due to the nature of the subject, discussions and debates occur often. Learning is continued outside the classroom by regular visits to the local courts. Furthermore, we have organised guest speakers including members of the legal profession and the national crime agency.

What our


The course I have had the opportunity to study has opened my eyes to all the work the public services (police, fire, ambulance and government) do and helped me with a wider range of opportunities and the curriculum course trips are amazing I made new friends and I have done very well in the course its very interesting and enriching to do and I would do it again! I have progressed so well and learnt many new skills

Tommy Joe Shaw, Outwood Academy Adwick

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