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Law AS/A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Law is a fascinating subject. Law helps to shape our world. It is affected by and influences fields such as politics, business, medicine and society. Everyday activities such as buying a cup of tea, watching TV or using the internet are all regulated by law. Studying law sharpens your capacity to analyse and think critically, whilst improving problem solving skills by applying legal rules.

A Law qualification is highly regarded by employers and universities. It demonstrates the skills gained by a student who has studied this interesting and complex subject. A successful student will have achieved a good level of understanding of the English Legal System, those who work within it and where law comes from. Furthermore students will learn the basic concepts in Criminal law, Tort law and Human Rights law. The skills law students develop are evidenced by excellent research capabilities, good communication skills and the ability to work independently, plus being able to understand, explain and apply the legal principles that affect English law. This knowledge is very useful for everyday life as well as useful in many careers. The extra skill gained by partaking in this method of teaching also demonstrates to prospective employers and universities that you are motivated and hard working.



Course content

Year 12

In Year 12 students will study Law Making and Legal Systems. In these topics, students will learn about the structure of the English Legal System including both civil and criminal courts and the professionals who work in them and how laws are made in both Parliament and the courts.

Students will also learn the basic legal principles in civil and criminal law including tort law, non fatal and fatal offences, property offences and the main defences in criminal law.


Year 13

After completing an internal pre-public examination in June year 13 students will study Human Rights law, covering the key provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights, how they are enforced and when and how they may be restricted.


The course will conclude with a synoptic topic considering the nature of law in relation to justice, morality, society and technology.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

Students will be expected to have a minimum of five GCSEs from 4 - 9 including grade 4 in English.


The course is assessed through examination only. There will be three exams, each worth 33% at the end of the course.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

Law A level prepares you for university and work as you will learn skills and have an understanding of concepts that will prove invaluable to you later in life.

Law students have the opportunity to read a range a range of subjects at university, including Law, History, Accountancy, Business and English. Law is considered an academically rigorous A level and as such is recognised by all universities

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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