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The A Level Law course aims to generate enthusiasm and interest in the study of law. By studying A Level Law students will be able to develop an understanding of the British legal system and an understanding of legal method and reasoning. Students will also develop analytical and critical thinking skills through the application of legal rules.

Unit 1: Law making and the legal system

Covering the courts, the penal system, provision of legal services and examining the role of judges, solicitors, barristers, magistrates and juries.

Unit 2: The concept of liability

This unit will cover the underlying principles of criminal liability and the procedure of courts and sentencing.

Units 3 and 4

These cover the general principles of one area of law; criminal law, contract law or the law of torts.

  • Criminal law includes property offences such as theft, and fatal offences such as murder.
  • Contract law includes elements that make up a contract, and terms/conditions used in contracts.
  • The law of torts includes issues between individuals, such as trespass and defamation.

The unit studied is chosen at the end of the first year by student vote.


You will be encouraged to take part in discussions and presentations.

Time will be set aside in lessons for discussing topical legal issues and for tutorial sessions where you can seek assistance individually or as a group. Participation in visiting local law courts and solicitors is encouraged as part of the extracurricular element of the course.


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.


Four written exam papers.


Law is one of the most marketable academic qualifications. Students can progress on to higher education to study law and this A Level is also a useful qualification for entry to degree-level courses in a range of other subjects such as history, politics or business-related courses.

Law students are sought after for their attention to detail, accuracy of expression, oratory skills and reasoned approach to examining factual data thoroughly. These are skills that can be applied to any academic course outside of law.

Apart from the obvious careers of solicitor or barrister law students are well liked by industry, commerce and local government and will be found working in retail management, publishing, journalism, the police force, social services and teaching.