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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in January 2023 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Law A Level KS5

What will students study in Law this year?

We study AQA Law 7162- In year 12 students will have nine periods of law over a two-week timetable. We begin the year by looking at the nature of law and the English legal system, this gives students an overview of law and how the legal system in the UK works. In the Autumn term, we look at criminal and civil law and explore the role that law plays in society. Students then go onto to study parliamentary law making. In the Spring and Summer terms students study Criminal law focusing on fatal offences against the person, non-fatal offences against the person, crimes against property and defences to criminal offences.

In year 13 students continue to have nine periods of law over a two-week timetable- and we cover the final part of the A level Law course. In the Autumn term we will study Tort law, including negligence and occupier’s liability. In the Spring term we look at Human rights focusing on the right to life, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to private and family life, right to freedom of expression and we conclude with the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. The summer term is an opportunity for us to revisit A level content, and prepare for the examinations.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students in year 12 will sit mock exams in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Students in year 13 will sit 3 formal exams at end of year 13. As well as being tested on past questions and papers in lesson.

What do assessments test?

Students will be tested on their subject knowledge for law, as well as their ability to apply knowledge and evaluate the issues in the law.

What are the expectations of my child in Law?

To do well in Law, students need to be willing to work hard, Law is a subject which encourages discussion and opinions, students need to be able to argue a point of view coherently and engage with the current news, as the law is constantly evolving and changing. Students in year 12 and 13 are encouraged to work more independently and this involves meeting deadlines and being organised for lessons.

What should my child do if she feels s/he is struggling in Law?

Your child should speak to Mrs Burton (Curriculum Leader for Law) in the first instance and she may be offered additional support at lunchtime or additional reading to help her understand the topic.

How can I best support my child in Law?

The Law is constantly evolving, and it is important that students studying law keep up with what is happening by reading the news - encourage your child to keep up to date with current affairs and discuss with her/him what is happening. Students will be required to complete work at home, and will need a quiet place to work, free from distractions.

Whom should I contact for further advice or information?

Please feel free to contact the Curriculum leader for law Mrs J Burton at  if you have any queries about your child’s progress.