AQA’s new Law A-level looks at human rights

Thursday 28 Jul 2016

Students will learn about how the different areas of the English legal system relate to one another in AQA's new AS and A-level Law courses, and get the opportunity to choose to study the emerging area of human rights law.

The draft specifications also cover the popular topics from our existing specifications – tort, criminal and contract law – allowing teachers to use their expertise and to re-use existing resources.

We've worked with teachers, higher education and subject associations to develop the subject criteria for our new specifications.

As part of these new specifications, we've added detail highlighting the knowledge and understanding students need to demonstrate. This will give clarity to the areas students need to study for each topic to help teachers plan accordingly.

The new qualifications will equip students with transferable and sought after skills such as analysis, critical thinking, reasoning and constructing legal arguments.

Catherine Donovan, AQA Qualifications Developer, said: 

"We've taken a fresh approach to the structure of our new qualifications to support both teaching and learning. Students will now study the English Legal System within the context of the practical law areas, helping them to see the relationships between different areas of law. 

"There's also the exciting new opportunity to study human rights law, an emerging area covering the basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.

"Our new qualifications will help progression to further study, higher education and employment, as well as helping students to develop a broader understanding of the world around them."

The plans for AQA's new AS and A-level Law courses, for first teaching in September 2017, have been submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.