Subject Information

A-level Law aims to provide grounding in the main principles of English law. It enables students to develop knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the English legal system and criminal law. It also allows students to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and to master the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly.


AS Level:

1.Sources of Law
Including the doctrine of precedent; Acts of Parliament; delegated legislation; statutory interpretation; European Union law.
2. English Legal System

including: the courts; alternative methods of dispute resolution; police powers; principles of sentencing; the judiciary; the legal profession; provision and funding of legal services; lay magistrates; juries;

A Level:

1.       Criminal Lawprinciples of criminal liability; actus reus; mens rea; strict liability; attempts; general defences; murder; manslaughter; non-fatal offences against the person; theft; burglary; robbery.
2.       Criminal Law Special Study

An in depth look at one specific area of criminal law

Paper 1 exam  (1 hour)
Paper 2 exam (2 hour)
Paper 1 exam (2 hours)
Paper 2 exam (2 hours)


Law is a good A level for those seeking to become solicitors, barristers or legal executives as it provides a taster of what to expect at University as well as beginning to establish links with legal firms from an early stage. It is also very useful for those who wish to pursue alternative career paths such as joining the police, or probation service, as well as teaching, working for the civil service or within business.

Transferable skills from studying law include: the ability to research, the ability to collect and analyse large amounts of information, the ability to weigh-up points and counter points, the ability to create a logical argument and reasoned conclusion from a set of facts, the ability to communicate clearly with the public and the profession alike, discretion and the ability to work under pressure. Law graduates are frequently sought after by a wide variety of employers.

Further Information

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Ms R Hilburn