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Considering A level law? The experts at the Profs look at the syllabus, key entry requirements and subsequent options for study.

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Why choose A level law?

Most of us tend to think of the law as something that plays out in stuffy courtrooms, in the offices of expensive law firms, or at a police station. However, far from being inaccessible, the law is actually all around us. From buying clothes, streaming movies or music and even just talking to someone, the law affects every aspect of our lives.

Studying A level law will not only give you a unique insight into how the law shapes our lives, but it will also build useful transferrable skills:

  • Persuasiveness – being able to develop and defend a point of view is an important part of the legal profession. A level law helps you to develop a clear and persuasive writing style, precise use of language, as well as structuring your writing in a coherent and logical way.
  • Problem solving – A level law uses a ‘case study’ approach, which requires students to not only understand legal concepts from a theoretical point of view, but to also apply them in a practical way. This is managed by analysing real-life situations (often based on real court cases) and identifying solutions and remedies based upon the information available in applicable statute and case law.
  • Retention of information – a large part of A level law is focused on reading and memorising information. You will be asked to read not only textbooks, but also court decisions and statute laws and you will be expected to recall the names and principles of key pieces of legislation and case law.

What is covered under A level law?

A level law is designed to give students an overview of key legal topics by focusing on the following areas:

  • The Nature of Law – this module examines the relationship between law, justice and morality and looks at the foundational concepts of English law.
  • The English Legal System – this module examines how laws can be created by either Parliamentary legislation, or decisions handed down by the courts. You will also gain an understanding of the civil and criminal court systems and the roles of key actors, such as solicitors, barristers, and judges.
  • Criminal law – in this module, you will learn about the law governing offences against a person and against property. In addition, you will learn about fundamental concepts such as the burden of proof and the legal tests used to determine criminal liability.
  • Tort – this module focuses on civil wrongs (i.e. wrongs not classed as criminal wrongs) such as negligence, misrepresentation and nuisance and the legal remedies available to claimants in civil cases.
  • Optional module – students usually have a choice between two optional topics. For example, human rights law looks at the history of how human rights developed and key concepts such as the right to a free trial and freedom from discrimination. Another common option is contract law which focuses on the elements required to create a contractual relationship and what remedies are available against a breach of contract.

What GCSEs do I need?

Since A level law places a strong focus on writing, some schools or exam boards will require that you have at least a grade 7 in GCSE English. While not mandatory, subjects that require analysis of information, critical thinking and managing large volumes of information, such as history, sociology and business can be good preparation for the work expectations of A level law.

Where does A level law lead?

While not mandatory, many students who wish to study law at university take A level law in order to get a head start in the subject. A foundation in A level law can also be useful for students planning to study subjects such as criminology, forensic science, business and international relations.

If you are interested in studying law at A level, but are not sure if it is the right subject for you, then The Profs can help. We can offer high-quality tutoring at A level (either in-person or online) to help you achieve the best grades possible. In addition, we offer mentoring and academic consultancy services to give you advice as to your education options, as well as help with university applications, if that is the route you choose.

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