Law

A Level Law is interesting and informative for students who would like to enter a career in law or want to study a subject that will give enormous insight into the legal framework that underpins our society. This is a course that deals with complex key principles and requires an ability to understand highly detailed cases and apply this knowledge to examination questions.

Subject content

In the first year you will learn about the nature of law, including the sources of law and the differences between criminal and civil law. You will also explore  the English legal system, for example the courts, how law is made and reformed, and how you can qualify as a lawyer. You will be introduced to two  areas of law, criminal law and tort law, and will learn to apply legal principles and cases to problematic situations.

In the second year you will focus on  problem solving in criminal law, tort law and human rights law. You will also explore the role of law in society, study the relationship between law and morality  and consider whether the law always achieves justice. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, attend talks from visiting speakers and visit university law deparments.

You can view AQA course specifications by clicking on the link below;

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2160-W-SP-14.PDF

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, group work and individual research.

Assessment

There will be regular tests and exam question practice. Assessment is by examination.

Progression opportunities

Most learners progress to university to study a wide range of degree courses, including Law. After successful completion of a qualifying Law degree, you can then decide to continue training to become a solicitor or a barrister. Other career options could include the civil service, police, accountancy, the probation service and qualifying as a legal executive through the CILEX route.