What is Law?

Law looks initially at the legal system of England and Wales. Students study the nature of law and how it is distinct from morality. The impact of law on society and the influence of society on the law are explored, alongside issues of justice, parliamentary law-making, delegated law-making, and the issue of judicial precedent. The nature of the English legal system is explored, as well as the impact of EU law on the UK.

Specific legal areas also studied include the criminal law, tort (liability), the law of contract, and human rights.

How is it studied?

Law is taught in small groups. Specific legal issues are explored through a range of theories and case law so that students gain a strong understanding of how decisions are made in criminal, contract or other cases.

Emphasis is placed on multiple-choice questions, short structured answers and essay-based responses assessing legal issues, as these all feature as part of the final assessment. Throughout the course, visits to local courts are built into the programme so that students gain an awareness of the workings of the legal process.

How is A Level Law assessed?


Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Nature of Law and the Legal System; Criminal Law 33% External Exam: 2 hours
2 Nature of Law and the Legal System; Tort 33% External Exam: 2 hours
3 Nature of Law and the Legal System; Law of Contract


Human Rights

33% External Exam: 2 hours

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

There is no requirement to have studied Law before, but students do need an awareness of the role and significance of the law in society. Given that the subject relies upon careful reading of theories and court cases in which the nuances of language can be important, strong levels of English are an advantage.

What should I study with Law?

Law sits well with many subjects, and students can combine it with other social sciences, humanities, languages, arts, or sciences.

What can I do with A Level Law?

Many students choose to use A Level Law as a route into studying the subject at university. Others use it to apply for business courses or to support applications in politics, history, economics, philosophy, and similar courses.

Questions about the course

Do I need to study A Level Law to take Law at university?

Some students enter university having studied the subject at A Level, but universities do not expect this and accept a wide variety of subjects for entry to Law.