If you choose to study A-Level Law then you will develop knowledge and understanding of the English and Welsh legal systems. You will also develop some knowledge of EU law. You will develop analytical and logical reasoning skills, as well as the ability to solve problems by applying legal rules. You will also develop strong communication skills, as you will be able to communicate legal arguments and conclusions effectively.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of AS-Level units and A2 level units. You will study four units. The assessment for A-Level Law is by exam.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- AQA AS-Level Law
In the first unit, Law Making and the Legal System, you will develop understanding of parliamentary law making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, civil courts, criminal courts, the legal profession and the judiciary. In The Concept of Liability, you will learn about criminal liability, the courts, contract and breach of contract.
- OCR AS-Level Law
In the English Legal System unit, you will study the civil courts, criminal process and criminal courts, penal system, legal profession and the provision of legal services. In Sources of Law, you will learn about the doctrine of precedent, legislation, EU law and law reform.
- WJEC AS-Level Law
In the first unit, The legal System of England and Wales, you will learn about a variety of legal structures and processes, such as common law, legal values, criminal process, civil process and sources of funding for access to justice. In the Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods, you will learn about sources of European law, legislation, doctrine of precedent, law reforms and legal personnel.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level Law
For your AS-Level, you will learn about key historical and modern day sources of law, common law, doctrine of precedent, legislation, human rights and law reform. You will also learn about dispute resolution, courts, criminal process, sentencing and the key personnel involved in legal matters.
The A2 Law is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Law. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Law with the AS-Level Law makes up the A-Level Law. A2-Level Law will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Law.
- AQA A2 Law
In the Criminal Law (Offences against the Person) or Contract Law, you will study aspects of criminal law, or contract law. You will continue your specialism in the Criminal Law (Offences against Property) or the Tort and Concepts of Law unit. You will either focus on criminal law (offences against property), or Law of Tort. As well as a specialism, you will also study concepts of law, including morals, justice, judicial creativity, fault and balancing conflicting interests.
- OCR A2 Law
For the award of the A-Level, you will have a choice of the following A2 options:
- Criminal Law with a Criminal Law Special Study, in which you will develop knowledge and understanding of criminal law.
- Law of Contract with a Law of Contract Special Study, in which you will become aware of contract law, such as freedom to contract and consumer protection.
- Law of Torts and a Law of Torts Special Study, in which you will develop understanding of negligence, liabilities and land torts.
- WJEC A2 Law
In the first A2 unit, Understanding Substantive Law: Freedom, the State and the Individual, you have the opportunity to focus on contract and consumer law, criminal law and justice or freedom of the individual and protection of human rights.
In the second A2 unit, Understanding Law in Context: Freedom, the State and the Individual, you will continue to focus your studies on one of the following: contract and consumer law, criminal law and justice or freedom of the individual and protection of human rights.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A2 Law
In Law of Contract, you will develop an understanding of contracts, including their nature, intention, contents, clauses and breaches, as well as misrepresentation, mistakes and other reasons for declaring contracts invalid. In Law of Tort, you will learn about legal liability in a number of situations, such as negligence, causation, occupiers’ liability and defence.
A-Level Law Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level Law specification is available here.
- The specification for the OCR AS and A-Level Law is available here.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations offers A-Level Law and the specification is available here.
- The specification for WJEC A-Level Law is available here.
Most people study A-Level Law so that they can study for an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) at university. There are also degrees available that contain a law component, such as Business Studies and Law. There are many other legal careers available, such as working within the courts system, or training as a legal secretary or paralegal.
A number of students also find that A-Level Law is useful for a variety of careers, including working within the business or finance sector, as well as within public services, such as the police and local councils.
Other Useful Information
- OCR past papers are available on their website.
- WJEC offer past papers for A-Level Law.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations has past papers available here.
- AQA offer past papers and other resources for A-Level Law.
- There are a number of resources available from loxfordlaw.co.uk.
- Help With Law Exams has a selection of AS and A2 Law revision resources.