Course Introduction

The study of Law – fundamental to the smooth running of society- is a challenging but rewarding field. The law is highly complex and far-reaching, governing our behaviour and the ways we interact with institutions and each other in ways we might not even be aware of.

Studying law allows you to analyse situations and apply legal rules and principles to make sense of the world. In this A Level course, you will learn how the law is created and administered. You will gain an understanding of how the legal system works, and not just what the law is.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all students in an interest in the law today. The course is especially recommended for those wishing to pursue legal careers, as the course reflects most university law programmes. Students who also have a keen interest in social or political matters, will find the course rewarding.

Course Content

A Level Law is a two-year course. Over two years you will study the following topics

English Legal System

• The difference between civil and criminal courts
• The difference between legal personnel
• Sentencing.

Law making

• Parliamentary law making
• Delegated legislation
• Judicial law making
• Law reform.

Criminal law

Criminal law covers a wide range of topics, including:
• Fatal offences (murder, manslaughter)
• Non-fatal offences (assault, battery, ABH and GBH)
• Property offences (theft, robbery and burglary)
• Defences


Tort law also covers a range of topics, including:
• Negligence
• Nuisance
• Escape of dangerous things
• Defences

Contract law

• Contract law includes topics such as:
• Formation of a contract;
• Contract terms;
• Discharge
• Defences

Nature of law

• Nature of law looks at the impact of the law in a range of scenarios. Topics include:
• How the law achieves justice;
• Links between the law and technology
• Law and morality
• Law and society


You will have three two-hour exams at the end of your second year. Each exam includes a combination of essays to explain and evaluate the law and scenarios to apply the law.