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.
AS topics include how law is made by Parliament and the courts, criminal and civil court cases, juries and magistrates, non-fatal offences (GBH, ABH, battery and assault) and negligence (carelessness) leading to injury and damage. A2 topics include contract law, consumer rights in respect of faulty goods, negligence leading to psychiatric and economic loss, nuisance (interfering with land use) and the real world links between law, morality and justice.
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. If you have any queries about law and university, please ask the lecturer responsible for the subject. Law is also useful for a range of other degrees which include a legal component such as business, accounting, human resources, journalism and criminology.
5 GCSEs grade A* - C (at least 2 at grade B) including English and Mathematics