A2 Criminal Law G153

Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of criminal law.

The final assessment opportunity these qualifications (H134,H534) will be summer 2018.  Resits will be available in summer 2019.

 

Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of criminal law and to develop a critical awareness of the present state of criminal law in relation both to the scope of specific crimes and the applicability of particular defences. They are expected to have a general appreciation of the role of criminal law in modern society and to be able to relate this to specific issues, eg whether it is justifiable to have crimes of strict liability.

Candidates are required to demonstrate some synoptic thinking. This is achieved by relevant reference to precedent and/or statutory materials including the development of law and comments on justice or morality where appropriate. It is also achieved by relevant use of precedent and/or statutory materials in the application of legal reasoning to given factual situations, including comment on the justice or morality of the outcome where appropriate.

This unit is concerned only with the law applicable in England and Wales, which includes, as far as the chosen topics of study are concerned, the impact of European Union law on domestic law and legal institutions.

Candidates will be required to support their knowledge by citation of relevant leading cases and the main provisions of relevant statutes.

While candidates are encouraged to be aware of the changing nature of law, they are not required to be familiar with innovations coming into effect in the twelve months immediately preceding the examination.

 

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