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.

This home study course will cover the full A-Level syllabus. There is an AS Level Course available for students who don’t want to complete the full A Level which can be purchased from the AS 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 seventeen Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

Please Note: The first half of this course will be sent to students so they can start studying immediately and the second half of this course will be dispatched when fully developed (Estimated March 2018).

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.

  • Module Five: Criminal Law

The following topics are covered: 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.

  • Module Six: Law Of Tort

The following topics are covered: The Rules and Theory of Tort; Liability in Negligence (Physical and Economic); Occupiers’ Liability; Vicarious Liability; Defences and Remedies.

  • Module Seven: Law Of Contract

The following topics are covered: 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.

The Syllabus:

This new study course prepares candidates for the new AQA Law A Level Specification 7162, for examinations in May/June 2019 or later years.

Examinations:

  • 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.

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.

Additional Reading:

  • 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.

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. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available for registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

All AS and A2 Level exams can be sat in the same May/June exam window so it is up to the student whether they sit their exams in a single sitting or over multiple exam windows. 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 centres to compare prices

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some 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 A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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