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Law AS level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

You will learn about the English legal system to start with and then the law surrounding non-fatal offences against the person (assault, battery, actual bodily harm (ABH) and grievous bodily harm (GBH)) and finally the law on negligence. You will need to read around the subject and complete detailed class notes.

As the AS Law consists of 100% exam, you can expect to practice your essay writing and examination skills very regularly. You will also learn to analyse and breakdown problems and develop your logical thinking skills. There is also an element of debate to your Law studies.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A – C grades at GCSE; including at least a C grade in English Language and a Humanities/EBacc subject (History, Geography, RE and/or a Modern Foreign Language).


You will take two written papers at AS, each of these accounts for 50% of your grade for the year. The first paper consists of 9 short essay questions on 3 topics (you which choose 3 out of the 4 topics we study to answer questions on).

The second paper requires you to answer questions based on your analysis of 2 legal scenarios (1 on criminal law, 1 on negligence). You need to apply the law to the scenarios and know what happened in similar situations in the past by remembering key cases.

Future opportunities

Even if you are not aiming for a career in the legal profession, an understanding of the Law looks good on your C.V. Studying the law helps you think logically and gives you an ability to break a problem down into its component parts and find a solution. These skills will enhance your C.V. for both further education and future employment. For many managerial positions a basic understanding of the law is a distinct advantage and will also help if you intend to join the police force, customs & excise, or the prison service. Nowadays there is a little bit of law in everything, 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 Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year