Advanced Level GCE

Course Overview

Studying Law gives you an understanding of the role of Law in today’s society and raises your awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Effects all aspects of life from rights as a consumer to your rights as an individual in society. From your rights when buying a house to your rights when you run a business.

By learning about legal rules and how and why they apply to real life, allows you to develop your analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Advanced written and spoken skills – academic writing. All these skills are highly sought after by higher education and employers.

    Qualification Details

    • Qualification: Advanced Level GCE
    • Exam Board: AQA


    Course Teacher Profile

    Mrs S. Taylor

    Mrs S. Taylor

    CTL for Law

    Mrs Taylor is the Curriculum Team Lead for Law in the Amethyst Sixth Form

    Course Requirements

    Ideally, students should achieve Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and/or Literature. Grade 6 in either History or Geography.

    Year 1 Summary

    • The nature of law and the English legal system. The role law plays in society. Basic understanding of the distinction between enforceable legal rules and principles and other rules and norms of behaviour. The distinction between law and morality. The legal enforcement of moral values. Understanding court system – hierarchy of court. Understanding European laws and how they affect our laws. The advantages and disadvantages of using juries in criminal courts. Criminal court powers and sentencing of adult offenders.

    • Criminal law.  The rules of criminal law, Theory in criminal law, General elements of liability, Fatal offences against the person, Non-fatal offences against the person, Property offences, Preliminary offence, Defences Capacity defences, Defences Necessity defences.

    • Tort. The rules of tort law, Theory of tort law, Liability in negligence for physical injury to people and damage to property, Liability in negligence for economic loss and psychiatric injury, Occupiers’ liability, Nuisance and the escape of dangerous things, Vicarious liability, Defences, Remedies.

    Year 2 Summary

    • Law of contract. The rules of contract law, Theory of contract law, Essential requirements of contract, Contract terms: general, Contract terms: specific terms implied by statute law in relation to consumer contracts, Contract terms: exclusion clauses, Vitiating factors, Discharge of a contract, Remedies.

    • The nature of law and the English legal system.


    • Human rights. Rules in Human Rights law, Theory in Human Rights, Human Rights in international law, Human Rights in the United Kingdom after the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998, The European Convention on Human Rights 1953 Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953, Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953, Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1953, Restrictions, Enforcement, Human Rights and English law and Reform.

    Careers and Next Steps

    Do you want to have a career in one of the following fields?

    A Level Law links well with science subjects and humanities and social science subjects including, history, sociology, philosophy, economics and business, to name just a few.

    Students wishing to continue their legal studies after A Levels can opt for a university degree or work-based apprenticeship.

    Both of these routes can lead to the qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

    Other popular careers include the police, teaching, social work, business and accounting, and investigative journalism.

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