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Law AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

A-level Law develops knowledge and understanding of the English Legal system. The study of Law at A-level enables students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. Studying Law develops students' problem solving skills through the application of legal rules, together with an understanding of legal method and reasoning.


Course content

Law Making and the Legal System

  • Parliamentary Law Making.
  • Statutory Interpretation - Common law approaches to interpretation.
  • Judicial Precedent -The hierarchy of the courts.
  • The Civil Courts and other forms of dispute resolution.
  • The Criminal Courts and lay people.
  • The Legal Profession and Judiciary.

The Concept of Liability

Introduction to Criminal Liability

  • Underlying principles of criminal liability.
  •  An outline of the Criminal Courts.

Introduction to Tort

  • Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property.
  • An outline of the Civil Courts.

Introduction to Contract

  • Formation of Contract - Offer, acceptance and intention to create legal relations.
  • Breach of contract.

Criminal (Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person) and Contract Law

  • Murder, Manslaughter, Non fatal offences against the person. Defences for these.
  • Formation of a contract, Contract terms, Discharge of contract.
  • Damages and equitable remedies

Criminal Law (Offences Against Property) Tort and Concepts Of Law

  • Theft, Burglary, Blackmail, Fraud, Making off without payment, Criminal damage. Defences for these.
  • Negligence, Occupiers’ liability, Nuisance and escape of dangerous things, Vicarious Liability. Defences for these and remedies.
  • Law and morals.
  • Law and justice.
  • Balancing conflicting interests.


100% examination at both AS and A2.

Future opportunities

  • The legal profession
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government politics
  • Banking and finance
  • Trading standards

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Appleton School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years