Law

A Level

If you would like to work in the law system or go on to higher education to study law, this course would be ideal.

This course is for you if...

  • you enjoy current affairs and solving complex issues where the answer is not always so perfectly clear, but where your judgement could affect the future interpretation of points of law.
  • you like to practice the formulation and construction of reasoned argument in the applied context of a legal framework.
  • you like to challenge injustice and are interested in a career as a barrister, solicitor or legal executive.

What topics will I study?

The AQA specification

The subject content in the first year is as follows:

  • An introduction to the English legal system, including the distinction between criminal and civil law, the sources of law, and the role of judges, lay people and legal professionals in the legal system.
  • An introduction to the key concepts of criminal law, including actus reus and mens rea and a study of the law concerning non-fatal violent offences against the person.
  • An introduction to tort law, including the law on negligence, personal injury, damage to property and occupiers’ liability.

In the second year, you will study:

  • More advanced themes concerning the English legal system focusing on the relationship between society, morality and justice.
  • Further topics in criminal law, including the defences available to a defendant in a criminal trial, murder and manslaughter, property offences and the rules concerning attempted offences.
  • In depth study of contract law.
  • A further in depth study of an important area of law.

What can I do after this course?

All major universities accept A Level Law.  You could enter higher education to study Law or to study a wide variety of other subjects. 

Alternatively, there are employment opportunities in the legal sector and in a wide range of other fields including management training, police, local government, armed services.


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