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Law A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



If you’re interested in a career in law, or simply want to find out more about the hugely complex and compelling world of the legal system, our home study A level in the subject should be a perfect foundation on which to build your knowledge. Learning about how laws come to be, the different types of law, the way the judicial system works, the concept of liability and the impact of European law, the overview this course provides will empower you with useful knowledge regardless of the area in which you want to work. As well as studying the law itself, you’ll also investigate the effect it has on people and how effective different laws are, developing skills of analysis and argument as you go. 


You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Unit 1: Law-making and the legal system

  • Influences on Parliament
  • Parliamentary law-making and sovereignty
  • Delegated legislation
  • Approaches to statutory interpretation
  • The doctrine of judicial precedent
  • The operation of judicial precedent
  • The civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The criminal courts and appeal system
  • The use of laypeople in the criminal courts
  • The legal profession
  • Sources of legal advice and funding
  • The judiciary
  • Evaluation of the judiciary

Unit 2: The concept of liability

  • Principles of criminal liability
  • Five non-fatal offences against the person
  • Criminal procedure including sentencing
  • The tort of negligence and duty of care
  • Breach of duty of care and resulting damage
  • Procedure and damages for negligence cases

Unit 3: Criminal law (offences against the person)

  • Review of criminal liability
  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Non-fatal offences and general defences

Unit 4: Tort and concepts of law

  • Negligence: duty, breach and causation
  • Defences, claiming damages and medical negligence
  • Psychiatric harm
  • Economic loss
  • Product liability
  • Occupiers' liability
  • Nuisance
  • The rule in Rylands v Fletcher
  • Vicarious liability
  • Law and morals
  • Judicial creativity
  • Fault
  • Balancing conflicting interests

Entry requirements

A general education up to GCSE level is advisable.


This course follows specifications 2160 (A level), 1161 (AS) and 2161 (A2) from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Four exams: 2hrs (25% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks) and 1hr30m (25% of marks)

Six AS assignments, seven A2 assignments
No coursework

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2018. 

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:


  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Further information

Essential textbooks


  • Currer, J. et al., AQA AS Law Student’s Book, Nelson Thornes, 2008


  • Bateman, E. et al., AQA A2 Law Student’s Book, Nelson Thornes, 2009


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 24 July 2019
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