Law is part of the Social Sciences faculty, working alongside Psychology and Sociology. The department aims to give students an understanding of the institutions and procedures of the legal system and of general concepts of liability. As law is a dynamic and constantly evolving subject, students have the opportunity to discuss topics in the context of contemporary news stories and to engage in topical debate.
The skills developed through the study of law are of general application and will prove useful in a range of other subjects and future careers. The syllabus aims to:
- Encourage students to become critical thinkers, assessing and evaluating the material presented;
- Enable students to develop the skills to present logical and coherent arguments using a range of supporting material and case law;
- Develop problem solving skills through the application of legal rules; and
- Prepare students for the challenges of the external A-level examinations.
Accommodation and Resources
Law is based in the Sixth Form centre. Students have lessons in classrooms with interactive whiteboards which encourage a variety of teaching methods including PowerPoint presentations, use of internet resources and illustration through contemporary news stories and debates.
Key Stage 5
At A level, we offer the OCR exam specification. In the first year students study the institutions which make and apply law. They then look at concepts of liability in both criminal and tort law.
In the second year, students focus in more detail on criminal law and on wider concepts of law such as Justice and Human Rights.
The Law department has led a number of Law ‘masterclasses’ for gifted and talented students in Key Stage 3 and 4 to provide an engaging introduction to this new subject and to stretch their thinking skills. Further masterclasses are planned for the coming year. Students have also had the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with a local magistrate, and to visit Birmingham Crown Court. For those students interested in pursuing a legal career, the Law department has links with a number of law firms and universities. Current students have been successful in securing places on highly competitive programmes such as the Routes to the Legal Profession mentoring scheme run by Birmingham University.