WJEC A/S and A Level GCE Law

The following applies to both A/S and A level law.

Criteria for A/S and A Level GCE

This specification has been designed to meet the general criteria for GCE AS (AS) and A Level (A) and the subject criteria for AS/A Law as issued by the regulators [March 2006]. The qualifications will comply with the grading, awarding and certification requirements of the Code of Practice for 'general' qualifications (including GCE).


The AS qualification will be reported on a five-grade scale of A, B, C, D, E. The A level qualification will be reported on a six-grade scale of A*, A, B, C, D, E. The award of A* at A level will provide recognition of the additional demands presented by the A2 units in term of 'stretch and challenge' and 'synoptic' requirements. Candidates who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade E are recorded as U (unclassified), and do not receive a certificate. The level of demand of the AS examination is that expected of candidates half way through a full Advanced course.


The AS assessment units will have equal weighting with the second half of the qualification (A2) when these are aggregated to produce the Advanced award. AS consists of two assessment units, referred to in this specification as LA1 and LA2.


A2 also consists of two units and these are referred to as LA3 and LA4.


Assessment units may be retaken prior to certification for the AS or Advanced qualifications, in which case the better result will be used for the qualification award.


Individual assessment unit results, prior to certification for a qualification, have a shelf-life limited only by the shelf-life of the specification.


The specification and assessment materials are available in English and Welsh.

Progression

The four part structure of this specification (2 units for AS, and an additional 2 for the full Advanced) allows for both staged and end-of-course assessment and thus allows candidates to defer decisions about progression from AS to the full A Level qualification.


This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Law or a related area through a range of higher education courses; progression to the next level of vocational qualifications; or direct entry into employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not progress to further study in this subject.

 

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Units and Topics

The following units are part of the WJEC A/S and A Level GCE Law course

Unit One: Understanding Legal Structures and Processes

Unit Two- Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods

Unit Three: Understanding Substantive Law: Freedom, the State and the Individual: Option One - Contract and Consumer Law

Unit Three: Understanding Substantive Law: Freedom, the State and the Individual: Option Two - Criminal Law and Justice

Unit Three: Understanding Substantive Law: Freedom, the State and the Individual: Option Three - Freedom of the Individual and Protection of Human Rights

Unit Four: Understanding Law in Context: Freedom, the State and the Individual –Option One: Contract and Consumer Law

Unit Four: Understanding Law in Context: Freedom, the State and the Individual –Option Two: Criminal Law and Justice

Unit Four: Understanding Law in Context: Freedom, the State and the Individual – Option Three: Freedom of the Individual and Protection of Human Rights