AS in Law 1161


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AS in Law 1161

Oxford College is pleased to offer our A level in Law course. This course is designed to acquire knowledge of the English Legal System, such as how laws are made, Dispute Resolution, Tort law and Criminal Law. Studying this course also helps to further develop analytical skills as well as critical thinking abilities.

Development of these skills is helpful in a wide variety of careers, including Law and you can use this course as a launching point for successful future.

The AS syllabus constitutes two separate units, which is also divided into separate topics. Each topic contains a tutor marked assignment, and provides you with the guidance to develop your own knowledge through research, activities and self-assessment questions.

You are required to complete a number of assignments for your tutor.  These will be marked by your tutor and you will receive continued support from your tutor throughout your course.

In the A2 course, you will be assessed on both criminal and civil law and you will be examined on your knowledge of substantive law and the legal system. The A2 is divided into units 3 and 4.

The AS Units

Unit 1

Section A: Law Making

Parliamentary Law Making

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.

Delegation Legislation

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.

Statutory Interpretation

You will look at the rationale of statutory legislation, including the rules ‘the mischief rule’, the ‘golden rule’, the ‘literal rule’ and the ‘purposive approach’.

Judicial Precedent

You will look at the hierarchy of the courts, precedent, human rights and the role of judges.

Section B: The legal system

The Civil courts and other Forms of Dispute Resolution

This topic covers alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

The Criminal Courts and Lay People

You will look at the criminal court structure and the advantages and disadvantages of a jury system.

The Legal Profession and Other Sources of Advice and Funding

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.

The Judiciary

You will look at the role of judges within the court system.

Unit 2

Section A: Introduction to Criminal Liability

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 assault and battery.

The second part of this topic area covers sentencing and procedure. You will learn about PACE and rights at the police station. You will also learn about sentencing and procedures at the magistrates and crown courts.

Section B: Tort

You will learn about liability and negligence. You will also cover the courts procedure and damages and learn about court procedure.

Section C: Introduction to Contract

You will learn about formation of and components of a contract. You will also learn about breach of contract, procedure and damages


The course is assessed entirely by examination- there is no coursework.

AS Examination

Unit 1 - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Candidates must answer-

3/8 questions in the following format:

Section A – Law making

Section B – The legal system

And one from either section

Each part of the question is worth 10 marks, there are 30 marks available per question. There are 95 marks available in total- including 5 % for the quality of written work. (QWC)

Unit 2 - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Two problem based scenarios; multi part questions

Candidates must answer 1 question from section A and another from either section A or B. Each section carries 45 marks and there are 5 marks available for QWC.


What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning. Oxford Learning


Course Fee


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