Subject Intent: Why Applied Law?

Law provides a grounding and basis for students to become an informed citizen. Our curriculum helps to develop the Fundamental British Values of students by reviewing the rule of law and how key cases have helped to shape the English legal system and their impact on society. Through studying Law students also develop an awareness of individual liberty and mutual respect for others, and are able to identify how their decisions can influence decision making. Our curriculum also enables our students to review different viewpoints 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?

  • Dispute solving in the English legal system: civil dispute resolution, enforcement of civil law, how precedent works, application of the law of negligence, damages
  • Investigating aspects of criminal law: statutory interpretation, legislation, delegated legislation, law reform, European law, legal profession, advice and funding, lay people, elements of a crime, non-fatal offences and sentencing
  • Applying the law: fatal offences, property offences, general defences, police powers Aspects of tort law: law of negligence, occupier’s liability, vicarious liability and land law

Applied Law

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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.

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I find this course interesting because I am able to learn about different aspects of law, how it works and the details about the justice system. This allows me to understand how law is applicable to day-to-day life.

Kyla-Mae Dwyer, Minsthorpe Community College

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