Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Entry Requirements
Although the Fast Track A Level in Law (2017) programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.
All students must be 16 years of age or above.
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Course Duration
Study Hours Required
Approximately 350 hours.
AQA A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations must be taken in a registered UK exam centre. It is recommended students check with UK examining centres that the chosen exam is available.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Course Content
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Unit 1 – The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
This unit can be broadly compartmentalised into 3 sections.
Section A: The Nature of Law
This topic assesses your understanding of law within an ethical and moral context. You will look at the historical context of law and engage with key contemporary debates.
You will examine the overlap and conflict between law and morality; social norms and values, and concepts of justice. You will gain an understanding of the different types of legal responsibility and liability.
Section B: Law Making
You will learn about the law-making process within the United Kingdom. You will understand the Parliamentary law-making process. You will look at the reasons for delegating legislation and its advantages and disadvantages. You will also look at the public bodies which manage delegated legislation.
You will learn about the role of the courts in making law and how it compliments Legislation. You will look at the rationale of statutory interpretation, including the rules ‘the mischief rule’, the ‘golden rule’, the ‘literal rule’ and the ‘purposive approach’. You will look at the hierarchy of the courts, precedent and the role of judges.
Section C: The legal system
You will learn how the different branches of the court and legal system operate.
The Civil courts and other Forms of Dispute Resolution, which covers alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration, will be evaluated.
You will look at the criminal court structure and the advantages and disadvantages of a jury system.
You will gain an understanding of how the legal profession and other sources of advice and funding are accessed within the United Kingdom. This topic covers the varying roles within the legal professional, for example, barristers, solicitors and legal executives. You will look at the role of legal aid and its funding. In addition, you will look at the role of judges within the court system.
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Unit 2 – Criminal Law
You will study the principles of criminal liability including actus reus, mens rea, intention and strict liability. You will also learn about offences against the person, including fatal and non-fatal offences as well as property offences. The range of defences, such as insanity and duress, will be discussed.
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Unit 3 – Tort
You will study the rules and principles concerning civil liability and fault with regards to negligence, occupier´s liability, nuisance and vicarious liability, and associated defences and remedies.
Fast Track A Level Law (2017) Unit 4 – Contract Law
You will study how valid contracts are formed – offer acceptance, consideration: and how they can be lawfully terminated.
You will examine and evaluate the differences between express and implied terms; warranties and conditions. The growing legislative measures to protect consumers, such as the Consumer Rights Act 2015, will be studied.
You will learn what constitutes a breach of contract and what remedies are available to parties to the contract.
Our Fast Track A Level Law (2017) programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.
A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.
UCAS Points Table
A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16