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Law AS and A2 at Boston College

Course description

A robust legal system is the foundation of a fair society. If you feel strongly about concepts like justice and equality then this course could be very rewarding for you. You might see yourself as a barrister, a solicitor, legal executive or legal secretary.

Course content

There are four units to the Law GCE. Units 1 and 2 at AS level, and units 3 and 4 for A2. As you progress through the course you’ll learn about: law making and the legal system, civil and criminal liability and central concepts of law. 

The programme covers the following topics: 

The English Legal System and Concepts of Liability (ELS): In which you will study the main principles, personnel and institutions of our legal system, and will be introduced to basic concepts of civil and criminal liability.  This makes up the AS year. 

Criminal Law: Which covers the concepts and defences in criminal law alongside a number of specific offences such as assault, homicide and property offences as well as defences such as self-defence and intoxication. You will also study broader concepts of law such as fault, morality and justice. This makes up the A2 year. 

In class learning is focused on active use of your skills. You’ll be challenged to research, remember and use your learning in class. That can be done in a variety of ways, sometimes you’ll be asked to write an essay, sometimes you’ll be asked to complete a quiz in teams and sometimes you’ll even be asked to create memorable poster/rap/poem to aid in your understanding. The aim is to get you to grips with the materials in fun and efficient way.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 5 and above) including English Language and Literature at grade B or above (New GCSE grade - 6 or above) or equivalent.


Assessment is through examinations.  In year one and again in year two you’ll take two written papers. Each of these papers accounts for 50% of your assessment for the year. We’ve designed the course to be interesting. Students have told us that some of the most engaging topics include procedures in the criminal courts, the work of lawyers and barristers, the offences of murder, manslaughter, theft, fraud and concepts such as justice and morality. There’s some juicy stuff in this course! 

All full-time students have a Personal Tutor to help guide and support their learning.  Information on study skills and access to study support groups is available if required.

Future opportunities

A/AS Level Law is a useful subject for those hoping to progress to a wide range of careers including Police, or Higher Education courses - including to training as lawyers and other legal professionals. 

Anybody who is aware of the difference between right and wrong, or between justice and injustice, will enjoy learning about the law. Helping to protect the rights of individuals and companies has a great feel good factor. And don’t think the law is a fuddy-duddy business just for old men … you’ll meet lots of bright, ambitious people in the legal profession. People just like you! Lots of GCE Law students also study Business Studies, History, English, Psychology and Sociology. 

A GCE in Law will enhance your chances of being accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science or business degree, or any other course of study. So whether you want a career in the law, or in other areas like education, human resources, finance or business, A Level Law can really open doors for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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