Why choose this specification?

Our A-level Law course provides students with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including both criminal and civil law. In addition, they develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which assist students in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life.

The course develops excellent written communication skills and research skills, while engaging the student in real life challenges. As students are introduced to substantive law in the first year (AS course), their interest is stimulated and maintained throughout the whole course of study.

What teachers like

Teachers find the AQA A-level Law course interesting and worthwhile. They tell us that students who go on to study Law at undergraduate level are more adequately prepared, in particular when approaching some of the core compulsory topics studied in their first year at university. Many believe that the analytical and problem-solving skills, gained through the application of the law to the facts of scenarios, provide the student with the confidence to use these skills in further studies and in everyday life. The synoptic study of the concepts of law teaches them to construct balanced arguments and present them logically and coherently.

What students like

Students are inspired during their study of A-level Law, even though they may find it academically demanding. They often comment that it has become their favourite subject. In addition to learning challenging substantive law, they enjoy the practical application of the subject, which develops their problem-solving skills and encourages a critical evaluation of material encountered in their everyday lives.

Students are also equipped with knowledge that ensures an easier transition to further study of Law at undergraduate level.

Skills developed

A-level Law encourages students' organisational skills, together with their ability to think independently. Students are required to write clearly, concisely and in a logical manner. They develop their problem-solving skills and learn how to identify legal issues and apply the relevant law to a scenario to reach a conclusion. This requires students to interpret legislation and read case law. In addition, they gain critical evaluation skills to ensure that they can confidently express views which are substantiated with evidence, encouraging them to reflect on contemporary issues in society.

Teaching support

Teachers have access to the following support from AQA for this specification:

  • continuous professional development (CPD) training meetings
  • the subject team at AQA, who are available to answer queries, can be contacted via phone or email
  • secure key materials in e-AQA, containing past papers and mark schemes, which can be used for mock examination purposes.

Follow-on study

Many students who study AQA A-level Law go on to study Law at undergraduate level at university. It also provides students with skills that are transferable to the study of other subjects at university or in the workplace.

University support

Universities agree that A-level Law provides a solid foundation for degree-level study. You can view the supporting statements from top Law departments and publications.