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Law A Level


Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject:

The A-level Law course provides students with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including both criminal and civil law. In addition, they develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which assist students in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life. The course develops excellent written communication skills and research skills, while engaging the student in real life challenges.  Students who go on to study Law at undergraduate level are more adequately prepared, in particular when approaching some of the core compulsory topics studied in their first year at university. Many believe that the analytical and problem-solving skills, gained through the application of the law to the facts of scenarios, provide the student with the confidence to use these skills in further studies and in everyday life. The synoptic study of the concepts of law teaches them to construct balanced arguments and present them logically and coherently.


Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System.

Unit 2: The Concept of Liability.

Unit 3: Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)

Unit 4: Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law; Law and Morals , Law and Justice, Judicial Creativity, Fault, Balancing conflicting interests.

How will I be assessed: 

Two unseen exam papers at the end of year one (unit 1 and unit 2) One and a half hours each. Each paper is 50% of overall AS grade. AS grade is 50% of overall A2 grade. Two further unseen exam papers in year 2 (unit 3 and unit 4) unit 3 – one and a half hours, unit 4 – two hours.

Future course and possible careers:

Most university degree subjects.  Possible careers; Barrister, Solicitor,  Barrister’s clerk, Chartered legal executive (England and Wales),

Licensed conveyancer, Advice worker, Chartered accountant, Civil Service administrator Human resources officer, Patent attorney, Trading standards officer, Teacher, Police Officer.