Law A level

Examination Board & Specification: Advanced Level GCE AQA

AS Law (Year one)

Topics include:

  • The nature of law and the English legal system
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort

The qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Students will develop competence in using legal skills during the study of the nature of law, legal issues and the English legal system. This will allow them to understand what the law is based on and where it comes from. It will also enable them to understand the workings of key legal institutions and personnel, including the procedures and processes which are fundamental to the operation of the English legal system. The Criminal Law and Tort elements focus on the concept of liability, emphasising how liability is determined, often by analysing legal cases and hypothetical scenarios.

AS Law (Year two)

Topics include:

  • The nature of law and the English legal system
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort
  • Law of Contract
  • Human Rights

The qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Building on the material taught at AS, and indeed covering the AS topics in greater depth, are the Law of Contract and Human Rights topics. In studying contract law, students will be able to recognise the essential requirements of a contract and the theory and rules which underpin contract law. The human rights element of the course is a welcome addition to the Law specification and allows students to explore how human rights are recognised in theory and in practice.