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A Level Law is interesting and informative for students who would like to enter a career in law or want to study a subject that will give enormous insight into the legal framework that underpins our society. This course deals with complex principles and requires an ability to understand highly detailed cases and apply this knowledge to examination questions.

Subject content

In the first year you will learn about the nature of law, including the sources of law and the differences between criminal and civil law. You will also explore the English legal system, for example the courts, how law is made and reformed, and how you can qualify as a lawyer. You will be introduced to two areas of law, criminal law and tort law, and will learn to apply legal principles and cases to hypothetical scenarios.
In the second year you will focus on problem solving in criminal law, tort law and either human rights or contract law. You will also explore the role of law in society, study the relationship between law and morality and consider whether the law always achieves justice.
During the course you will have the opportunity to visit the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, attend talks from visiting speakers and visit university law departments.

You can view AQA course specifications by clicking on the link below;

Law on AQA

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language.

Learning methods

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, group work and individual research.


There will be regular tests and exam question practice. Assessment is by examination.

Progression opportunities

Most students progress on to Higher Education to study a wide range of degree courses, including Law. After successful completion of a qualifying Law degree, you can then decide to continue training to become a solicitor or a barrister. Other career options could include the civil service, police, accountancy, the probation service, qualifying as a legal executive through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) route and legal apprenticeships.

Meet the A Level expert

Deborah Darian

Deborah graduated with a LL.B (Hons) degree in Law from the University of Leeds and completed her PGCE at the University of Huddersfield. She has been teaching A Level Law for 20 years.

Deborah said: “Law in relevant to everyone as it affects every area of all our lives, from your rights when buying something in a shop to legalities around relationships with others. You will develop excellent problem solving skills, learn how to devise and present a strong argument and increase your confidence in dealing with a range of people and situations.”

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