A robust legal system is the foundation of a fair society. If you are interested in concepts like justice and equality, then this GCE A Level course could be very rewarding for you. You might see yourself as a barrister, solicitor or legal secretary. Alternatively, you might want to choose A Level Law because it’s a fascinating course that will help you to develop transferable skills in analysis, critical thinking and precision writing. An A Level in Law can be an important first step in helping you to achieve your goals.
Our A Level Law course provides a grounding in the main principles of English and Welsh law and their development. It will give you an understanding of the role of law in today’s society and an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.
Students are inspired during their study of A Level Law, and are motivated by its academic challenge. They often comment that it has become their favourite subject. In addition to learning challenging, substantive law, they enjoy the practical application of the subject, which develops their problem-solving skills and encourages a critical evaluation of material encountered in their everyday lives. These skills are highly regarded by university admissions tutors and prospective employers alike.
Indeed, Russell Group universities agree that A Level Law provides a solid foundation for degree-level study, both in Law and across a wide range of subjects. The Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge writes:
‘While we are aware of the perception by some that studying Law at A Level might be considered a ‘negative’, we are somewhat puzzled by this. The clear view taken here in Cambridge on Law at A Level is a ‘neutral’ one. So taking Law as an A Level subject does not put students at a disadvantage for admission to read Law at Cambridge, nor does it provide an advantage.’
At AS Level, candidates study two units: The English Legal System, and Sources of Law. Active teaching methods, problem-solving and visits to both courtrooms and the Houses of Parliament contribute to a highly-engaging Year 12 course.
In Year 13, the challenge deepens with a focus on Criminal Law, complemented by an in depth paper on a specialised area of criminal law.
At AS Level, you will study two units:
- Unit 1 The English Legal System (30%, 2 hour exam): focusing on civil courts, criminal courts, criminal process, penal system, the legal profession, lay people and the provision of legal services.
- Unit 2 Sources of Law (20%, 1 hour exam): focusing on where law comes from, including the doctrine of precedent, parliamentary legislation, European Union law and law reform.
Upon successful completion of the AS course, you will study a further two examined units in Year 13:
- Unit 3 Criminal Law (30%, 2 hour exam): developing a critical awareness of criminal law in relation to specific crimes and defences. Areas of focus are the principles of criminal liability, attempted crimes, general defences, fatal and non-fatal offences against the person and offences against property.
- Unit 4 Special Study (20%, 1 hour 30 mins.): an area of Criminal Law examined in depth. This is based on pre-released source material provided by the examination board.
A Level Law is an academically-demanding subject that is assessed exclusively through examination. We welcome applications from students with at least a B grade in English, and a range of B grades or better in their other GCSE grades.