Through the study of AS and A Level Law you will discover the vital role that Law plays in our society in defining and shaping our values and in providing resolutions to disputes between individuals, organisations and the state.
The AS introduces you to how the English Legal System works; answering questions such as how are laws made? What and who influences law making? How do Judges develop and interpret laws? How are disputes dealt with and by whom? What are the various sources of law and how are they applied? You will also learn about the theories and application of Criminal Law looking particularly at non-fatal offences such as wounding and grievous bodily harm. You will also learn about Tort Law where you will examine the principles surrounding liability in negligence for injury to people and damage to property..
The A Level course covers the same content as the AS but goes deeper, wider and covers more areas of Criminal and Tort Law, than the AS. In Criminal Law you will study the fatal offences of murder and manslaughter and property offences such as theft and robbery as well as defences such as intoxication, duress, diminished responsibility and loss of control. In addition to a further examination of Tort looking at defences and vicarious liability. The AQA syllabus also includes the rules of Contract Law. The A Level invites you to think critically about Law and its relationship with society in topics such as Law and Justice and Law and Morality..
Through both the AS and A level courses you will develop valuable skills of critical thinking, problem analysis and solving, the ability to marshal arguments and to express these clearly and precisely. These transferable skills will sit well alongside any of your other A level choices and enhance your success across all your studies.
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A Level Law is recognised by all universities.
Although it is not a necessary requirement to study Law at university, for those considering Law, it is a good and valuable introduction to the subject and the new A Level covers more substantive areas of Law (Crime, Tort and Contract) . Many of our students do go on to take degrees in Law or Law-related subjects..
Equally, the skills you develop while studying A Level Law make it a good preparation for studying a wide range of non-Law subjects – for example, History, Maths, Business.
For students not intending to continue to Higher Education, again, the combination of subject knowledge and study skills make A Level Law a valuable and useful qualification.
Please see our leaflet ‘What Law Students Do Next’ for more information.