Law: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. Miller or Mr. Richardson

Why study Law?

The study of Law at A Level enables students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills

Studying Law develops students’ problem solving skills through the application of legal rules, together with an understanding of legal method and reasoning. These skills provide excellent preparation for those students who wish to progress to degree level study or pursue a wide range of careers.

What’s it all about?

There will be a new A Level specification for September 2017 but this has not yet been approved and we only have an early draft version at the moment so some of the information below may change

The AS specification is split into two modules of equal weighting

The first module develops knowledge and understanding of the Legal System, together with an evaluation of its operation and performance and introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal and civil law

The second module looks at tort law and liability in law around negligence

The full A Level specification develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS and has three modules

The first A Level module covers the nature of law, all aspects of law making, civil and criminal courts and ADR, and people working in the law

The second A Level Module covers criminal law including liability, fatal and non fatal offences against the person, property offences, and possible defences, as well as tort law in all its forms

The third module has a choice between law of contract or human rights legislation.

When will I be assessed

The AS level qualification would be taken at the end of Year 12. There are two exams, each worth 50% of the mark for the AS, which is a stand alone qualification

There are three exams at the end of Year 13 testing everything learned over the two year course

Each exam is worth 33% of the qualification

The exams contain a mixture of short answer and essay based questions.

What could it lead to?

• The study of law helps develop the learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the application of legal rules. As a result Study at AS/A Level provides a useful background for the further study of law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a law component

• A Level Law is also a highly useful qualification for a number of business roles and can be a great asset in helping get jobs with key employers.

Additional entry requirements?

• None.