The Law AS Level Course is designed to give students an understanding of the role of Law in modern society and raises their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. By learning about legal rules and how and why they apply to real life, students also develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All these skills are highly sought after by higher education and employers.

This home study course follows the new linear AS Level syllabus. If students want to complete the full A Level Course then this can be purchased from the A Level section of our website.

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 9 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including 2 practice exam assignments.

This course is divided into the following modules:

  • Module One: Law Making

The following topics are covered: The English Legal System; Sources of Law; The Formal Legislative Process; Influences on Parliament; Delegated Legislation; Statutory Interpretation; and Judicial Precedent.

  • Module Two: The Legal System

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.

  • Module Three: Introduction To Criminal Liability

The following topics are covered: Underlying Principles of Criminal Liability; and The Criminal Courts: Procedure and Sentencing.

  • Module Four: Introduction To Tort

The following topics are covered: Liability in Negligence; and The Civil Courts: Procedure and Damages.

The Syllabus:

This home study course prepares candidates for the AQA Law AS level Syllabus 7161 for examinations in May/June 2019 or later years.

Examinations:

The assessment is by 2 written papers:

  • Paper 1: Law 1 - The Nature of Law and the English Legal System and Criminal Law (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (50% of AS Level).

  • Paper 2: Law 2 - The Nature of Law and the English Legal System and Tort (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (50% of AS Level).

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.

Prerequisites:

We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. This should ideally include English Language GCSE at grade C or above.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

Additional Reading:

The following books are required to support your course materials:

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

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no changes.

Student Support:

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.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. Examination officers are available if you are struggling to find a suitable centre but AQA’s Website has a Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing suitable centres in each County.

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 so it is worth contacting a few to compare prices.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study AS Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some home study courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an AS Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most AS Levels have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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