Law A Level

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Getting Ahead

Law A Level at Havant Campus

Welcome to Law A Level.

Below are a variety of tasks for you to have a go at. The exercises explore some of the key ideas and aspects of law that we will study during the next couple of years. The work and reading listed below will help you get to grips with some of the key concepts involved in this course. Building these foundations now will put you in good stead when you begin your course in September.

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Using a range of the information in this BBC source, produce a summary (approx. 300 words) of the current operation of sentencing in England and Wales.

  • What influences the sentence the judge hands down?
  • What type of sentences may a judge hand down?
  • Why do most offences offer a range of options?
  • How does a judge decide which tariff to hand down for murder?
  • When are most offenders released and what happens to them?

Challenge: Why do you think that people are often upset or confused by the sentences handed to offenders?

The English Legal System is divided into Civil and Criminal Law.

Civil Law involves disputes between individuals (including companies or organisations) and includes areas such as family law, property, debt recovery, personal injury, commercial law. The aim of civil law is usually to compensate a person for financial loss caused by another. Criminal law is where an individual commits a crime and the State takes that person to court. Crimes include misconducts such as murder, manslaughter, theft, criminal damage etc. The aim of the criminal law is to punish the person who commits a crime.

A number of words, phrases and scenarios are listed below. Research the following terms on the internet and decide whether the terms relate to Criminal Law, Civil Law or both.

You may handwrite your completed list or word process it and print it off but ensure you bring your completed list with you to your first lesson in September.

  • Jury
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Defendant
  • Punishment
  • Claimant
  • Magistrate
  • Compensation
  • Beyond all reasonable doubt
  • Damages
  • Conviction
  • R
  • Small Claims Track
  • On the balance of probabilities
  • Count court
  • Crown court
  • Barrister
  • Common law
  • District judge
  • Solicitor

Read through the information detailed in the links below. The first link takes you to the Parliament website which explains how a law is made.

Create a flow chart explaining how a law is made.

Browse clips and podcasts from the BBC’s Law in Action.

Look up this Parliament page and familiarise yourself with basic concepts and workings of the Government and Parliament, including how laws are made.


Research the role (what they do) and training required to become a solicitor and a barrister. Collate notes for each type of lawyer, and then answer the following question:

What is the role and function of a solicitor and barrister? (20 marks). Think about how you might structure the essay.

Read the following links to help:

Watch the following clips:


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