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Law A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Law is the study of how the English Legal System works. You will learn about the processes, institutions and personnel which create and enforce the law and have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the substantive legal areas of Criminal Law and the Law of Torts. You will also be asked to question the very aim of law and what purpose it should and does promote. The A level syllabus is divided into four modules.

Course content

The A level syllabus is divided into four units. Two form the AS syllabus, which can be taken as a separate qualification in one year, and two for the A2 syllabus the following year.

AS Module titles and content

Module 1 - Law Making and the Legal System: This unit introduces students to the various methods of how laws are created. It also examines how disputes are resolved and the people involved in the different forms of resolution.

Module 2 - The Concept of Liability: This unit introduces students to criminal and civil liability. Students examine what makes an act criminal and apply this knowledge to non-fatal offences. Students will also be introduced to the law of negligence, criminal sanctions and civil remedies.

A2 Module titles and content

Module 3 - Criminal Law: This unit looks in detail at the fatal and non-fatal offences of murder, manslaughter, assault, battery, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and wounding. Students also examine the defences of insanity, automatism, consent, intoxication, self-defence/prevention of crime and mistake.

Module 4 -The Law of Tort and Concepts of Law: This unit examines the range of civil wrongs (Torts) and the defences open to defendants. The unit also asks what is the purpose of the law and who should be responsible for the law’s development.

Entry requirements

To start any AS levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements No previous knowledge of Law is required, but you must have GCSE English grade C.


Exam Board - AQA

  • Module 1 - Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Module 2 - Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Module 3 - Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Module 4 - Exam – 2 hours

Future opportunities

Law is an A level which is recognised by universities as one relevant for entry onto many different types of higher education course. Law is relevant to many careers including a practising lawyer i.e. barrister, solicitor or legal executive, journalism and media work, marketing and market research, business management, administration and civil service, accountancy and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years