Law helps people achieve their goals. It provides rules for setting up businesses, for getting married, and for owning a house. It provides protection for those who have a job, or make investments or who want to drive on the road. And it supplies a framework for today’s challenges such as internet copyright theft, environmental damage or the possibilities of genetic engineering. In short, law is what makes our society work.

A level law offers students an opportunity to develop an understanding of law today using scenario based problem solving and discussions of current issues with a legal dimension. No previous knowledge of law is required.


The A level law course covers five themes:

• Criminal law: murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences such as GBH and ABH, theft, robbery;

• Contract law: making and breaking a contract, misrepresentations, consumer rights in respect of faulty goods and services;

• Tort law: negligence leading to physical, psychiatric and economic loss, nuisances interfering with a person’s ability to use their land;

• Law and society: the real world links between law, fault, justice and morality;

• The English legal system: sources of law, criminal and civil court cases, judges, juries and magistrates.


A level law is an obvious choice for those thinking of reading law at university, not least because it is a chance to find out about the subject before committing to a degree programme. Law is also useful for a range of other degrees which include a legal component such as business, accounting, human resources, journalism and criminology.