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AQA A level Law

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I have my first A level law exam on the 6th. Paper 1 is criminal law which is not that difficult but I struggle sometimes to identify the correct application. Like I’m not sure when I should apply insanity or diminished responsibility because they are both so similar. I have made this mistake several times in my mocks and can’t seem to improve on this area. Do anyone have tips to identify the correct applications?? Thanks:smile:)
Generally, if you're looking at a murder scenario, that would mean using the diminished responsibility defense, however if you forget and end up using insanity you still get some credit. Any other offences and you should use insanity. That's what I've been taught anyways.Hope this helps :smile:
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Original post by nightfuryHVC
Generally, if you're looking at a murder scenario, that would mean using the diminished responsibility defense, however if you forget and end up using insanity you still get some credit. Any other offences and you should use insanity. That's what I've been taught anyways.Hope this helps :smile:


Ok thanks that actually made sense.
What about when it’s between murder or involuntary man slaughter because it both topics someone have died how do I know when to apply them?
Original post by eriii2003
Ok thanks that actually made sense.
What about when it’s between murder or involuntary man slaughter because it both topics someone have died how do I know when to apply them?

murder is when the defendant intends to to kill or cause GBH, involuntary manslaughter is when the defendant didnt intend to kill
Original post by nightfuryHVC
Generally, if you're looking at a murder scenario, that would mean using the diminished responsibility defense, however if you forget and end up using insanity you still get some credit. Any other offences and you should use insanity. That's what I've been taught anyways.Hope this helps :smile:

hey, do you have any idea about aqa a level law paper 1 grade boundaries? online it says 202/303 for an A* which is very low but my teacher says it will be much higher, any idea of ow many marks out of 100 on paper 1 is an A?
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Original post by zik04._
hey, do you have any idea about aqa a level law paper 1 grade boundaries? online it says 202/303 for an A* which is very low but my teacher says it will be much higher, any idea of ow many marks out of 100 on paper 1 is an A?


Heyy so this is the link for 2019 grade boundaries this year will be quite similar to the 2019
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/stat_pdf/AQA-A-LEVEL-RL-GDE-BDY-JUN-2019.PDF
If u go on page 17 on that link it shows how many marks for each paper…
A* for paper 1 in 2019 was 67/100 so this year it won’t be that much different I would assume.
Hope this helps🙂
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Original post by zik04._
murder is when the defendant intends to to kill or cause GBH, involuntary manslaughter is when the defendant didnt intend to kill


Ok but that’s where I get confused because how do I know if the D had intent to kill or not? I’m sorry if it’s getting repetitive:smile:
Original post by eriii2003
Heyy so this is the link for 2019 grade boundaries this year will be quite similar to the 2019
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/stat_pdf/AQA-A-LEVEL-RL-GDE-BDY-JUN-2019.PDF
If u go on page 17 on that link it shows how many marks for each paper…
A* for paper 1 in 2019 was 67/100 so this year it won’t be that much different I would assume.
Hope this helps🙂

thanks, i appreciate it but may i ask have you done a level law before? Because my teacher is telling me it will be even higher than 75/100 for just an A yet the link u sent says 67 for A* im very confused
Original post by eriii2003
Ok but that’s where I get confused because how do I know if the D had intent to kill or not? I’m sorry if it’s getting repetitive:smile:

i think it should be clear when you read the question, like the details of the question should specify
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Original post by eriii2003
Ok but that’s where I get confused because how do I know if the D had intent to kill or not? I’m sorry if it’s getting repetitive:smile:

Look for phrases like "hit X on the head with (some heavy object)..." or simply "stab X...". If it seems like the D is intending to cause serious harm or death then it's murder. Involuntary manslaughter is usually where D fails to do something (gross negligence) or where D does a minor crime like ABH, battery or assault (unlawful act) and it leads to death. I hope this is useful
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Original post by Tsuyu
Look for phrases like "hit X on the head with (some heavy object)..." or simply "stab X...". If it seems like the D is intending to cause serious harm or death then it's murder. Involuntary manslaughter is usually where D fails to do something (gross negligence) or where D does a minor crime like ABH, battery or assault (unlawful act) and it leads to death. I hope this is useful

hey, do you know wht grade boundaries may be like for aqa? Online it says 67 for an A* and my teacher saying will be higher than 75 even? im confused
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Original post by zik04._
hey, do you know wht grade boundaries may be like for aqa? Online it says 67 for an A* and my teacher saying will be higher than 75 even? im confused

I think the grade boundaries vary each year and it's decided based on how everyone else does on that exam. But this year the grade boundaries are going to be more generous so an average mark could maybe get you an A. I'm not sure what are the exact marks needed to get an A* but I would aim to get at least 70 marks. This is just what I think so don't take this for granted!

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