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The British legal system has evolved over hundreds of years and continues to develop as society changes. Whether you're interested in a career in law as a barrister or solicitor, or simply want to understand the system, Law is thought-provoking and useful area of study.

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 how they're implemented in both civil and criminal courts.

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

You’ll learn about Contract Law, firstly looking at the theory behind it before looking at the specific terms and requirements involved in this area.

Human Rights is taught from an international, UK and EU perspective, giving you a holistic view.

Studying A Level Law will teach you how to analyse situations and apply legal rules and principles in order to make sense of the world. It's the perfect stepping stone for those considering a career in law or in the many fields which require knowledge of the law.

Please note that the first exam for this Law A Level course is Summer 2019, and then every summer from then onwards. You can only sit the exams for this course in the UK.

This A Level Law course will prepare you for the AQA Law A Level syllabus (7162) exams. 

For exam details see the 'Assessment' section.

The A Level Law course is split into five units:

  • Study Unit 1 - Part A - The Nature of Law and Law Making
    1. Classification of the law
    2. Nature of law: Law and Society
    3. Nature of law: Law and Morality
    4. Nature of law: Law and Justice
    5. The Rule of Law
    6. Law Making: Parliamentary Law Making
    7. Law Making: Delegated Legislation
    8. Law Making: Statutory Interpretation
    9. Law Making: Judicial Precedent
    10. Law Making: Law Reform
    11. Law Making: The European Union 

 

  • Study Unit 1 - Part B - The Legal System
    1. Civil Courts and Other Forms of Dispute Resolution
    2. The Criminal Courts Systems
    3. Criminal Justice Process
    4. Legal Personnel and the Judiciary
    5. Access to Justice and Funding

 

  • Study Unit 2 - Criminal Law 
    1. The rules of Criminal Law
    2. Theory in Criminal Law
    3. General Elements of Liability
    4. Fatal Offences Against the Person
    5. Non-fatal Offences Against the Person
    6. Property Offences
    7. Prelinary Offence
    8. General Defences
    9. Necessity Defences

 

  • Study Unit 3 - Tort Law
    1. Rules of Tort Law
    2. Theory of Tort Law
    3. Liability in negligence - for physical injury to people and damage to property
    4. Liability in negligence - for economic loss and psychiatric injury
    5. Occupiers' liability
    6. Nuisance and the escape of dangerous things 
    7. Vicarious liability
    8. Defences
    9. Remedies

 

  • Study Unit 4 - Contract Law
    1. Rules of Contract Law
    2. Theory of Contract law
    3. Essential requirements of Contract
    4. Contract terms - general
    5. Contract terms - in relation to the Consumer Rights Act 2015
    6. Contract terms - exclusion clauses
    7. Vitiating factors
    8. Discharge of a contract
    9. Remedies

 

  • Study Unit 5 - Human Rights
    1. Rules in Human Rights law
    2. Theory in Human Rights law
    3. Human Rights and International Law
    4. Human Rights in the United Kingdom prior to the Human Rights Act 1998
    5. Human Rights Act 1998
    6. The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 2
    7. The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 5
    8. The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 8
    9. The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 10
    10. The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 11
    11. Restrictions
    12. Enforcement
    13. Human Rights and English Law
    14. Reform

For part of your exam, you'll choose to sit either a paper including Contract Law or a paper including Human Rights. This course covers both subjects, so you can study both or pick one.

The A Level Law course is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the perfect foundation if you're considering a career in Law or the study of Law at a higher level.

Studying Law will also demonstrate that you have excellent communication skills, an essential trait for most jobs.

You'll need a GCSE English at C grade or equivalent to enrol in our A Level Law course.

You can study this course from outside the UK, but you must travel to the UK to sit your final exams.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

A Level Law can be the first step towards degree-level study of Law and many other subjects.

A degree in Law could lead to jobs such as:

  1. Solicitor
  2. Barrister
  3. Paralegal
  4. Legal Executive
  5. Trademark or Patent Attorney
  6. Barrister's clerk
  7. Chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
  8. Licensed conveyancer

The study of Law is useful to roles in many industries, including HR, finance, media, marketing, teaching and the public sector. 

In the workplace, 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.

Your A Level in Law can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.

Students who complete this course often go on to study a Law, Business, History, or Psychology degree.

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

ICS Learn Assessment

There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete to monitor your progress and see where you can improve. These don't count towards your final exam grade.

External Assessment

You'll complete 3 written exams for your A Level Law. Each exam will last 2 hours. 

Exams are set nationally by AQA and are held every June. All papers must be sat during the same exam diet.

The final exams for this course can only be sat in the UK. If you're an international student planning to travel to the UK for exams, please note that exams for the same course may be held on different days, sometimes weeks apart.

Paper 1 – 7162/1: The nature of law and the English legal system; Criminal law

Paper 2 – 7162/2: The nature of law and the English legal system; Tort

Paper 3 - 7162/3A - Law of Contract; the nature of law and the English legal system

OR

Paper 3 - 7162/3B - Human Rights; The nature of law and the English legal system

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate at a local school or college. The school or college will charge a fee for this.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

Exam centre and registration fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to your exam centre. The cost will vary depending on which centre you choose, with private schools and colleges generally being more expensive than state schools.