Law (A-Level)

Reasons to study this course

  • A valuable introduction to English law and the English legal process.
  • Covers a wide range of topics including tort law, contract law and criminal law.
  • A highly respected qualification that appeals to a wide range of students and is certainly not limited to those who wish to pursue a legal career.

What you will need to study this course

  • enthusiasm for learning law and an interest in current affairs
  • good ability to solve legal problems and write legal essays
  • good time management skills and good independent learning skills

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – Law Making, the Legal System, Criminal Law 1, The Law of Tort 1.

Year 2 (A-Level) – Contract Law, Criminal Law 2, The Law of Tort 2, Nature of Law.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two 1.5-hour exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

Priestley Extra

In year one, students can participate in the Priestley Mock Trial Competition and can also take part in law masterclasses on topics such as the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Students will also enjoy visits from guest speakers including local lay magistrates.
In year two, we offer our A-Level students the very successful pre-legal enrichment course designed to meet the specific needs of those who are hoping to progress onto a law-related degree and/or legal career. This involves them participating in key events such as local mock trial competitions and mooting (legal argument) competitions, as well as going on court trips and interacting with guest speakers such as lawyers.


Many students progress onto law degrees or law-related degrees such as criminology. Many previous students are now working as solicitors or barristers whilst others have progressed directly into employment working for agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service or the Ombudsman. Others progress onto legal apprenticeships or become paralegals.

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