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Law A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

The AQA specification for Law at AS/A2 level seeks to provide:

  • An appreciation of the law and its function in society
  • A working knowledge of two areas of substantive law 

​The aim of the course is to gain legal knowledge and for students to learn to look at it objectively, to reason logically and to apply, analyse and evaluate the law. Students will gain a good knowledge of basic legal rights and an idea of what the subject is like, should they wish to pursue further study in this field. Even if students are not considering a legal career, the study of law can be beneficial, rewarding and stimulating in its own right and students learn many transferable skills.

Course content

During the first year of study, the AS course includes an overview of how English Law works and an introduction to liability in Crime (non-fatal offences against the person) and Tort (Negligence). This is split into two Units:

Unit 1: Law Making and the Legal System

Unit 2: The Concept of Liability

During the second year, the A2 course covers Crime (Homicide and Defences), Tort (more aspects of Negligence) and a philosophical synoptic element on the roles of justice, morality and fault in law. The two units are:

Unit 3: Criminal Law

Unit 4: Tort and Concepts of Law

Lessons will involve a combination of formal presentations, group discussions and problem solving exercises. Students will be encouraged to follow media coverage of legal issues. The classroom work will be supplemented by:

  • use of ICT and internet
  • the student’s own personal study and homework essays
  • visits to various courts of law and legal institutions, including the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court
  • talks by selected speakers e.g. Magistrates, barristers

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a grade C or above in English and mathematics. However, given the high literacy demands of this subject, a grade B in GCSE English language is highly recommended.


The syllabus comprises four assessment units, two for AS and two for A2.

Further information

Law A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilmslow High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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