Sackville School


Course Outline

The GCSE Law course offered at Sackville covers a range of legal topics including aspects of the English Legal System together with some areas of substantive law such as Criminal Law. 

Aims and Objectives

Students will develop an understanding of how law is made and how it works in practice. Students will be able to explore ways in which legal, moral, political, and social factors interact to shape the world in which we live today. 

The course will help students to develop skills of analysis, critical thinking and decision-making and also encourages students to become aware of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. As well as providing a broad knowledge base for students who wish to go on to study A Level Law at Sackville, it also equips students with skills and knowledge for other areas of study.

Programme of Study

The GCSE qualification is comprised of two equally-weighted units. They are separately assessed and the details are as follows:

Unit 1: The English Legal System

In this unit, students will learn about the meaning and definition of law, the court system (including the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court and the County Court), people who work in the law (such as solicitors and barristers) and sources of law such as Acts of Parliament and case law.

Unit 2: Law in Action

In this unit, students will be able to learn about different areas of law. There are four options– the Law of Tort, Criminal Law, Family Law and Rights and Responsibilities. A minimum of two of these will be studied. In Criminal Law, students will learn about different types of offences including assault, robbery and theft. In Family Law, students will learn about areas such as marriage, civil partnership, divorce and wills. In the Law of Tort, students will learn about different types of tort including negligence, trespass and nuisance. The Rights and Responsibilities option includes study on employment rights and the rights of the citizen under such legislation as the Human Rights Act 1998.

All work is externally assessed; there is no course work