A Level Law


Studying law is a way to learn how to analyse situations and apply legal rules and principles to make sense of the world. The A Level Law is a stepping stone for careers in law and in many other fields which require a knowledge of the law.

The A Level Law course starts with an overview of the legal system. You'll look at the different courts and their role in the system and find out how laws are made and the ways they are implemented in both civil and criminal courts. Your study of law will also introduce you to the concept of liability and how it is addressed in the legal system.

A Level Law also covers criminal law and its application to crimes against the person and to property. You'll learn about the various offences involved and look at conceopts of law, such as morality, justice and fault.

The British legal system has evolved over hundreds of years and continues to develop as society changes. Whether you are interested in a law career as a barrister or solicitor, or simply want to study law to understand the system, the A Level Law course makes a thought provoking and useful study.

Course Content

This course prepares students for the AQA Law A Level syllabus (2160), for examinations in June 2013 and later years. For examination details see Assessmentunder the Course Overview section.

The A Level Law course is split into four units:

AS Units

  • Unit 1 - Law Making and the Legal System
  • Unit 2 - The Concept of Liability

A2 Units

  • Unit 3 - Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)
  • Unit 4 - Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law

Unit 1 - Law Making and the Legal System

  • Law Making
  • Parliamentary Law Making
  • Delegated Legislation
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Judicial Precedent
  • The Legal System
  • The Civil Courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The Criminal Courts and lay people
  • The Legal Profession and other sources of advise, and funding
  • The Judiciary

Unit 2 - The Concept of Liability

  • Introduction to Criminal Liability
  • Underlying principles of Criminal Liability
  • The Courts: Procedure and Sentencing
  • Introduction to Tort
  • Liability in Negligence
  • The Courts: Procedure and Damages
  • Introduction to Contract
  • Formation of Contract
  • Breach of Contract
  • The Courts: Procedure and Damages

Unit 3 - Criminal Law (Offences against the Person)

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • nvoluntary manslaughter
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Defences
  • Evaluation

Unit 4 - Criminal Law (Offences against Property) and Concepts of Law

  • Criminal Law (Offences against Property)
  • Theft and Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Blackmail
  • Fraud
  • Making off without payment
  • Criminal Damage
  • Defences
  • Concepts of Law
  • Law and Morals
  • Law and Justice
  • Judicial Creativity
  • Fault
  • Balancing conflicting interests

Entry Requirements

You'll need a GCSE English at C grade or equivalent to enrol in our A Level Law Online course. Completion of GCSE Law is advised, although not mandatory.

Where will I go from here?

An A Level in Law can be the stepping stone to a career as a barrister or solicitor, through a university degree. If you want to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your A Level Law will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

What will I gain?

This course will prepare you to sit the A Level Law exams.


ICS Learn Assessment

There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete, however these do not count towards your final exam grade

External Assessment

Examinations are held every June. 

You will complete 4 written exams for your A Level Law. 

  • Unit 1 - LAW01: 1 hour 30 mins - written examination consisting of three questions 
  • Unit 2 - LAW02: 1 hour 30 mins - written examination consisting of two questions 
  • Unit 3 - LAW03: 1 hour 30 mins - written examination consisting of one three-part question 
  • Unit 4 - LAW04: 2 hours - written examination consisting of two questions 

Important Exam Information

Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, We offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll gain access to our study materials via our online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.

You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

Being part of our online Student Community, means you will also have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors now for payment plans.

Additional fees

Centre exam and registration fees are additional to your course fees and these costs may vary according to the exam centre you use.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

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