Careers start here.

Your Study Options

About the course

The AS law course is the first year of a two year A Level Law qualification. While it is a stand-alone qualification, the majority of students will progress to the second year of law. The qualification is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the further study of law and related subjects, such as business. Learners will develop their knowledge of the law in England, and an awareness of law in a European and global context. The course will enable learners to know and understand the changing nature of law.

Law Handbook

Entry requirements

Average GCSE score of 5 or above from 7 GCSEs including English, Maths & Science.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

Awarding body


Why study?

Students will learn about the legal system, law making, the nature of law, criminal law, the law of tort and human rights law or the law of contract. Law students develop a range of skills including the application of legal rules and principles to present an argument, analysis and evaluation of the law, legal issues and concepts. There are many benefits of studying AS and A Level Law. It links all aspects of society. It helps students develop a range of transferable skills: analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, research skills, essay writing skills and the ability to produce a balanced argument. It is a useful qualification that has application in many fields, not just the legal profession.

The AS law course will:

  • develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the English legal system and areas of both private and public law within the law of England and Wales
  • develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the judiciary
  • develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and offer answers to problems, based on legal principles, legislation and case law
  • develop the ability to construct conclusions and communicate legal arguments by reference to appropriate legal authorities.

Where will this course take me?

Students wishing to continue their legal studies can progress to university or work-based apprenticeships. Both of these routes lead to qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive. Law is also useful in a wide range of other studies and careers.

Possible careers:

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Family Lawyer
  • Business Compliance Officer
  • Diplomat

Core modules

AS Law: 

  • The Legal System and Criminal Law
  • Law Making and The Law of Tort
  • A Level (year two):
  • The Nature of Law
  • Human Rights Law

How will I be assessed?

Written examinations including both long and short essay questions. Two 90-minute exams for AS and three 2-hour exams for A Levels.

Will I have to provide anything?

A digital copy of the textbook is available to the students and workbooks are optional.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.