Full AS+A2 in Law 2160


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Full AS+A2 in Law 2160

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 A2 Units

Unit 3

Unit 3 is divided into Criminal Law and contract Law, and you can choose the exam question on one or the other. If you are fast tracking, you may just wish to study one, otherwise you may wish to study both and then specialise.

The breakdown of unit 3 is as follows:

Section A: Criminal Law

Murder and non- fatal offences against the person.

Defences for the above offences

Evaluation of offences

Section B: Contract Law

Formation of a valid contract- offer acceptance, consideration

Contract terms: Differences between warranties and conditions


How a contract comes to an end

Breach of contract

Unit 4

The breakdown of Unit 4 is as follows:

Section A: Criminal Law: Offences against property

Theft and robbery. Theft Act 1968 and other legislation

Burglary, Blackmail and Fraud

Criminal Damage. Defences

Section B: Law of Tort

Negligence, duty of care, breach of duty and damages

Occupiers Liability and Nuisance

Vicarious Liability and Defences to Torts. Remedies: How damages are assessed

Section C: Concepts of Law

You will look at the overlap between law and morality, norms and values, law and justice.

You will also look at the relationship between judicial creativity and precedent. Can judges choose which laws to follow?

You will look at fault, both civil liability and criminal liability.

You will also consider conflicting interests.


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

The full A level is comprised of the AS and A2

Unit 1 carries 25% of the AS level marks and Unit 2 carries 25% respectively

The AS level combined exams constitute 50% of the total A Level Marks and the A2 exam carries the other half of the A Level marks; they are equally weighted.

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.

A2 Law

Unit 3 - 1 hour and 30 minute exam

Answering one three part question; candidates may choose either contract or criminal law. Each part of the question is work 25 marks. 5 additional marks for QWC.

Unit 4 - 2 hour written paper

Either Criminal law or law of tort

And – Concepts of Law (essay question)

Sections A and B are worth 50 marks, section A is 30 marks, out of a total of 85 available marks. Up to 5 additional marks available for QWC.


The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:

Contract Law

Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Specification:  AQA NALA (2160)

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for two years upon signing our Terms and Conditions agreement.

Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level 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.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams are held during the May - June exam period of every year.

International Students

If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location.

Further Information

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

After enrolling online, you will receive a username and password to access the On Campus area. This is delivered within a few moments and three-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

Our A-Level 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* = 140
A = 120
B = 100
C = 80
D = 60
E = 40
F = 20

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

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