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. If students don't need to study the full A Level then AS or A2 Level courses can be purchased from the AS/A2 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 ten Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

The Syllabus:

This course prepares candidates for the AQA Law A level Specification 2160, for all examinations in May/June 2018.

Please Note: This modular syllabus is due for retirement after the May/June 2018 examinations and a new linear syllabus will be introduced for first exams in May/June 2019. This means you would need to have completed your studies and all exams by May/June 2018 as there would not be any further opportunities to sit exams after that exam window. A course for the new linear syllabus should be available from September 2017. 

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop and sustain their enjoyment of, and interest in, law

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of selected areas of law

  • Gain an understanding of legal method and reasoning

  • Develop techniques of logical reasoning and analytical skills and solve problems by applying legal rules

  • Develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions, referring to legal authority as appropriate.


AS Examinations

At AS, candidates develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal system and an ability to evaluate its operation and performance. The specification introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal law and civil law (either tort or contract).

Paper 1: Law Making & the Legal System (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 25% of the total A Level marks.

Paper 2: The Concept of Liability (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 25% of the total A Level marks.

A2 Examinations

At A2, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system and of substantive law through criminal law and/or civil law. Evaluation of the concepts of law continues to be developed at this level of study.

Paper 1: Criminal Law (Offences against the person) (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 25% of the total A Level marks.

Paper 2: (Offences against Property) or Tort, and Concepts of Law (2 Hours) is 25% of the total A Level marks.

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.


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:

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

  • AQA Law for AS Fifth Edition by J Martin & D Lancer. (ISBN: 978-1444192711)

  • AQA Law for A2 Second Edition by J G Blundell, E Bateman, P Smith & More. (ISBN: 978-1408519714)

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 revisions.

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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