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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. 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 person and property. You'll learn about the various offences involved and look at concepts of law, such as morality, justice and fault.

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 last initial exam for the current Law A Level course is Summer 2018. Summer 2019 exams are for resits only if you're studying the current course. You'll have the option to move to the new A Level Law course in early 2018, with first exams for the new course available Summer 2019.

This course will prepare you for the AQA Law A Level syllabus (2160) exams. 

For exam details see the 'Assessment' section.

The A Level Law course is split into four units:

AS Units

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

A2 Units

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

Unit 1 - Law Making and the Legal System

  1. Law Making
  2. Parliamentary Law Making
  3. Delegated Legislation
  4. Statutory Interpretation
  5. Judicial Precedent
  6. The Legal System
  7. The Civil Courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  8. The Criminal Courts and lay people
  9. The Legal Profession and other sources of advice and funding
  10. The Judiciary

Unit 2 - The Concept of Liability

  1. Introduction to Criminal Liability
  2. Underlying principles of Criminal Liability
  3. The Courts: Procedure and Sentencing
  4. Introduction to Tort
  5. Liability in Negligence
  6. The Courts: Procedure and Damages
  7. Introduction to Contract
  8. Formation of Contract
  9. Breach of Contract
  10. The Courts: Procedure and Damages

Unit 3 - Criminal Law (Offences Against the Person)

  1. Murder
  2. Voluntary manslaughter
  3. Involuntary manslaughter
  4. Non-fatal offences against the person
  5. Defences
  6. Evaluation

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

  1. Criminal Law (Offences against Property)
  2. Theft and Robbery
  3. Burglary
  4. Blackmail
  5. Fraud
  6. Making off without payment
  7. Criminal Damage
  8. Defences
  9. Concepts of Law
  10. Law and Morals
  11. Law and Justice
  12. Judicial Creativity
  13. Fault
  14. Balancing conflicting interests

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. Completion of GCSE Law is advised, although not mandatory.

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, History, English Literature 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 modules 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 Quizzes
  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, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, 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 marked and 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 will complete 4 written exams for your A Level Law:

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

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

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.

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or contact our A Level course advisors by phone, email or web chat. We're happy to help!