Law A-level

Indulge your inner Legal Eagle and immerse yourself in the challenge of A-level Law.

If you love to research, debate, and analyse critical moral and legal issues with like-minded people then A-level Law is the course for you.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

In Year 1 you will learn all about the English legal system and the people who work in it such as Jurors and Magistrates. You will learn about court practices and procedures and how laws are made and have an opportunity to experience them first hand through trips to courts. You will develop an understanding of the basics of criminal law and have a chance to study non-fatal offences against people (assaults). In doing so you will study real cases and have an opportunity to apply your knowledge to scenarios – just like a legal professional. You will also learn about the law of negligence and discover how to start a claim in the tort of negligence and how damages are calculated in cases involving personal injury. You will immerse yourself in legal theory and the work of philosophers such as Aristotle and be able to answer questions such as ‘Is the law just?’ and ‘Should law reflect morality?’

Year 2:

In Year 2 you will learn more about other criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter and robbery as well as the defences that can be pleaded such as insanity and intoxication. You will have the opportunity to study either Human Rights Law or the Law of Contract as well as deepening you understanding of the role of law in society and how it works in practice.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper 1: The Nature of Law and the English Legal System - Criminal law
  • Paper 2: The Nature of Law and the English Legal System - Tort
  • Paper 3: Law of Contract or Human Rights Laws

All three papers are written exams, lasting two hours each and each worth 33% of the A-level course. They are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Degrees in Law, Criminology, Psychology, Business, and European Studies are only some of the options available to you. Some students go on to be Solicitors, Barristers or Legal Executives but equally Law has many transferable skills that can be useful for working in other sectors.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level Law (7162).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:53