Law is a popular option at KS5 at St Anthony’s. Pupils choose the subject for a number of reasons; from a general interest in finding out how the law works to the determination to pursue a career related to law. Whatever the reason, it allows pupils to develop an important set of skills such as debate and essay writing that are transferable to other subjects and prepare them well for further study.
We follow the OCR syllabus and the course is exam-based, there is no coursework. In the first year, pupils learn about the different way laws are made as well as the institutions involved in the practise of law. They will also learn about the roles of those working in the legal system such as Barristers and the Police. The course is wide and varied with something for anyone interested in the law.
At A2 we follow the Criminal Law option. This looks at the main criminal offences such as murder, theft and GBH as well as the defences available for those accused, such as insanity and intoxication. Pupils are able to then apply what they have learned to situations and become ‘lawyers’ themselves. We have been known to enact a full trial!