This course helps develop understanding of how laws are made, how the British legal system works and how it affects the individual.
Students gain a greater understanding of legal principles, and a critical awareness of how the law operates and its role in society. Students learn about a range of legal areas from our experienced staff in our well-equipped classrooms.
Students learn how the legal system works and how it affects the individual. By the end of the course you will have developed knowledge and understanding of legal principles, sources of law, the machinery of justice and legal personnel.
In year one students learn about:
sources of law, the various influences that lead to a change in law by parliament and how the legal system works;
the concept of liability: what is required to be guilty of a crime, non-fatal offences, general defences and sentencing;
what is required for a successful civil action in negligence, including claims against occupiers and for psychiatric harm, defences to such claims and remedies.
In year two students learn about:
criminal law: murder, manslaughter, theft and robbery;
the law of contract or human rights;
concepts of law such as law and morality, law and justice, balancing conflicting rights and fault.
Visits are arranged to St Albans Crown Court and visiting magistrates from Hatfield Magistrates’ Court deliver interactive workshops/role play.