Law A Level Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials
Self-Study Time:Approximately 700 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:7 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Law A Level Course will give you a thorough understanding of how law is created, administered and changed. You will learn how to analyse problem situations and apply the appropriate substantive legal rules and principles. You will gain the ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness and effectiveness of particular legal rules, institutions and procedures together with an appreciation of the effects of the law and the legal system on the individual and society.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are eighteen Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) which include five practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

This Law A Level Home Study Course prepares candidates for the AQA Law A Level (7162) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. The Law A level is assessed by three written exam papers. There is no coursework assessment with this specification.

  • Paper 1: (2 Hours) 100 marks in total and (33.33% of total A Level).

This exam covers the nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100) and Criminal law (75 marks out of 100). There is a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • Paper 2: (2 Hours) 100 marks in total and (33.33% of total A Level).

This exam covers the nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100) and Tort (75 marks out of 100). There is a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • Paper 3: (2 Hours) 100 marks in total and (33.33% of total A Level).

This exam covers Law of contract (75 marks out of 100). The nature of law and the English legal system (25 marks out of 100). There is a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Law A Level Course Syllabus

The Law A Level Home Study Course is Divided into Seven Modules Containing 35 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The English Legal System; Sources of Law; The Formal Legislative Process; Influences on Parliament; Delegated Legislation; Statutory Interpretation; and Judicial Precedent.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The following topics are covered: The Civil Courts and Other Forms of Dispute Resolution; The Criminal Courts and Lay People; The Legal Profession, Access to Justice and Funding; and The Judiciary.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Underlying Principles of Criminal Liability; and The Criminal Courts: Procedure and Sentencing.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Liability in Negligence; and The Civil Courts: Procedure and Damages.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Rules and Theory of Criminal Law; General Elements of Liability; Fatal Offences against the Person; Non-Fatal Offences against the Person; Property offences; and Defences.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Rules and Theory of Tort; Liability in Negligence (Physical and Economic); Occupiers’ Liability; Vicarious Liability; Defences and Remedies.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Rules and Theory of Contract Law; Essential Requirements in Contracts; Contract Terms (Common Law & Statute); Exclusion Clauses; Vitiating Factors; Discharging a Contract; and Remedies.

We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system. For Law this should ideally include a grade C/4 or above in English.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.

Additional Reading

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • AQA A-level Law for Year 1/AS by Jacqueline Martin and Nicholas Price (ISBN: 978-1510401648)
  • AQA A-level Law for Year 2 by Jacqueline Martin, Richard Wortley and Nicholas Price (ISBN: 978-1510401747)

For the Criminal Law sections of this course you will find the following book helpful:

  • Jonathan Herring: Criminal Law: Text, Cases and Materials (ISBN: 978-0199646258)

For Tort, the following book is helpful:

  • Emily Finch & Stefan Fafinsky: Law Express: Tort Law (Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-1408295434)

AQA publishes a Resources list, full of useful supporting texts, which can be viewed on the AQA website or purchased from AQA.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

AQA A Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification A Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams. Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK.

Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA Page for Finding a School or College which shows a selection of centres set out geographically.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

A Level exams are only available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2023. 

The closing dates for courses which require coursework authentication (English Language, English Literature and History) will be 20 September 2022 and the closing date for other subjects is 11 October 2022. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2024 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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UCAS Applications

Tutors can support registered students with their University application but this should be arranged in the previous year to sitting exams and prior to the below dates:

  • 1st August for Oxford or Cambridge
  • 1st December for all other Universities

There is a charge of £100.00 for supporting your application and providing predicted grades and a well-rounded reference which will incorporate something from each of your tutors and be specific to your application. The payment will be made before the required dates and any reference requests received after this date will incur an additional £50.00 penalty payment.

In order that your tutor has something on which to base a reference and/or predicted grade, you need to have done a MINIMUM of six assignments in each subject you are studying. More is better! Your tutor will want you to succeed so talk to them about your plans; it will help with your application if they know something about you.

If you are at school and are doing an A level as an addition to your school studies, then you will need to check with your school to make sure they will accept a predicted grade or some input into the reference that they are doing for you.

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