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Component 1: The Legal System and Criminal Law

Section A: The legal system

This section focuses on the civil and criminal courts, the legal professions and access to justice. It will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and people involved in the law and the changing nature of the legal system.

Section B: Criminal law

This section focuses on the rules and general elements of criminal law and provides an introduction to criminal liability through the study of offences against the person and offences against property, including analysing and evaluating scenario-based situations.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A Level.

Component 2: Law Making and the Law of Tort

Section A: Law making

This section focuses on law making in England and Wales as well as the European Union. It involves the study of law making methods and their underpinning concepts. It will develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the judiciary.

Section B: The law of tort

This section focuses on the rules of tort, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and remedies. It provides an introduction to civil liability, including analysing and evaluating scenario-based situations.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A Level.

Component 3: Further Law

Section A: The nature of law

This section focuses on the nature of law. You will explore the nature of law in a wider context and develop your understanding of how the law interacts with morality, justice, society and technology, and consider the changing nature of law.

Section B Option 1: Human rights law

This option focuses on human rights, including their nature, protection and constitutional position under UK law. Specific rights are explored in detail as are the restrictions upon them and the process of enforcement through the courts, including analysing and evaluating scenario-based situations.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A Level.

Law is one of the most useful and interesting academic subjects that you can study. Law students not only learn about different areas of law such as criminal law, liability and human rights law, but also how the legal system operates: how law is made, how the courts work and how judges interpret law. A-level law students also become well versed in analytical and evaluative skills, which are essential for university. 

The skills from studying for a Law degree are highly sought after by employers, especially the skills of analysis, research and communication skills. Studying law opens up a whole area of career opportunities within the police, research, banking, journalism, teaching, as well as the more traditional legal professions of solicitor or barrister.

There is also an AS course in Law- this involves studying many of the aspects described in Components 1 and 2. Examination for the AS takes place at the end of the first year of study, and involves 2 examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes, both worth 50% of the AS qualification.

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