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Law A Level

Studying law offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of society. The law reaches into every aspect of everyday life. Questions of law affect all kinds of current issues ranging from whether Parliament must be able to vote on the BREXIT deal, to whether ISIS brides may be stripped of their UK citizenship, or whether social media companies should be held legally responsible when people commit suicide after viewing harmful content online.


Law appeals to a range of students including those that enjoy reading and writing essays, those that enjoy performing and those that enjoy taking a logic based approach to problem solving, but you don’t have to be all three to be good at law.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: OCR



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  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study the English Legal system and general principles of law as well as Criminal Law, The Law of Tort and Human Rights. 

  • How is the course assessed?

    The A Level consists of three externally examined exams taken as part of an A level study programme together with any combination of A levels e.g. Politics, Psychology, English, Economics, or History.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to be good at keeping up to date with assignments and presenting your ideas in a clear and well-structured way. An interest in the law is essential and an interest in current affairs is desirable so that you can give examples from real life to show how the law works.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5.75 including English Language at grade 6.


    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This qualification is a useful subject to study, not just for future lawyers but also a variety of careers ranging from politics and journalism to business.

    You do not have to study Law A level to take Law at University. It is treated like any other A level, but we think it is an advantage as it will give you an understanding of what the subject involves before embarking on a degree course. Some universities have lists of preferred A levels and Law is on some of those lists. Many of our Law students have gone on to study Law at Russell group universities.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


    You can find A Level course fees for adults on our A Level page. 

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