The course starts with an introduction to the English legal system which
involves looking at the court system, how law is made and how judges develop and
give meaning to the law. You will also study the work of barristers and
solicitors as well as the role lay people have in the law as magistrates and
members of juries.
You will study criminal law which will involve looking at the fatal offences
of murder and manslaughter and the non-fatal offences of assault, battery, ABH,
GBH and GBH with intent. You will also look at property offences such as theft,
robbery and burglary as well as defences including insanity, intoxication and
A ‘tort’ is a civil wrong and in studying tort law you will look at how
people may be held liable in negligence for causing injury to other people and
damage to property, and the defences they may have to such claims. You will also
study contract law and consider what makes a binding contract and what can be
done if a contract is broken.
Finally, you will explore the nature of law and its relationship with
concepts such as morality and justice.