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Law AS/A2 AQA at Bradfield 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. These skills provide excellent preparation for those students who wish to progress to degree level study or pursue a wide range of careers.

Our A-level Law specification is designed to encourage and engage students to sustain their interest and enjoyment in law.

This course does not depend upon knowledge gained from  GCSE Law

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Pupils will be assessed in 3 papers. Each paper is a 2 hour exam with a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. Each paper is out of 100 marks and worth 33% of the A Level.

The nature of law and the English legal system will be assessed in ALL 3 papers.


  • The difference between civil and criminal law
  • The role law plays in society
  • How laws & morals fit together
  • Whether the law achieves justice
  • What the rule of law means
  • How laws are made
  • What delegated legislation is
  • How statutes are interpreted
  • What judicial precedent means
  • What the Law Commission do and how laws can be reformed
  • How EU laws apply to the UK
  • How a civil court works
  • How a criminal court works
  • The role of judges and other legal personnel
  • How you access legal advice

Paper 1
The nature of law and the English legal system AND Criminal law Including theories of criminal law (fault, autonomy and individual responsibility), actus reus, mens rea, Non-fatal offences against the person (assault, battery, ABH & GBH) Fatal offences against the person (murder & manslaughter), Property offences (theft & robbery) and defences (insanity, automatism, intoxication, self-defence and duress).

Paper 2:
The nature of law and the English legal system AND Tort Including negligence, duty of care, breach of duty, damage, occupiers’ liability, nuisance, vicarious liability, defences (contributory negligence, consent & private nuisance), and remedies (damages and injunctions).

Paper 3:
The nature of law and the English legal system AND Human Rights OR Law of Contract Contact law would include: theories, requirements, terms, vitiating factors, discharge and remedies. Human rights would include: rules, theories, international law, UK law, EU law, restrictions and enforcement.

Miss H Jones, Mr B Miskell Grade 5 in GCSE English

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English 





Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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