Law A Level

Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018. Our new course for 2019 exams onwards will be available from Autumn 2017.

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019 and enrolling on our new course. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 30th November and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. After this final date you would need to enrol on our new course.

If you’re interested in a career in law, or simply want to find out more about the hugely complex and compelling world of the legal system, our home study A level in the subject should be a perfect foundation on which to build your knowledge. Learning about how laws come to be, the different types of law, the way the judicial system works, the concept of liability and the impact of European law, the overview this course provides will empower you with useful knowledge regardless of the area in which you want to work. As well as studying the law itself, you’ll also investigate the effect it has on people and how effective different laws are, developing skills of analysis and argument as you go. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.



Entry requirements

A general education up to GCSE level is advisable.

This is an online course so you will also need easy access to the internet.


This course follows specifications 2160 (A level), 1161 (AS) and 2161 (A2) from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.

Exams and assessment

Four exams:

  • 2 hours, 25% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018. For full details view our guide to the A level reforms.

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 6 AS assignments
  • 8 A2 assignments


Additional information

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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

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Unit 1: Law-making and the legal system

  • Influences on Parliament
  • Parliamentary law-making and sovereignty
  • Delegated legislation
  • Approaches to statutory interpretation
  • The doctrine of judicial precedent
  • The operation of judicial precedent
  • The civil courts and other forms of dispute resolution
  • The criminal courts and appeal system
  • The use of laypeople in the criminal courts
  • The legal profession
  • Sources of legal advice and funding
  • The judiciary
  • Evaluation of the judiciary

Unit 2: The concept of liability

  • Principles of criminal liability
  • Five non-fatal offences against the person
  • Criminal procedure including sentencing
  • The tort of negligence and duty of care
  • Breach of duty of care and resulting damage
  • Procedure and damages for negligence cases

Unit 3: Criminal law (offences against the person)

  • Review of criminal liability
  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Non-fatal offences and general defences

Unit 4: Tort and concepts of law

  • Negligence: duty, breach and causation
  • Defences, claiming damages and medical negligence
  • Psychiatric harm
  • Economic loss
  • Product liability
  • Occupiers' liability
  • Nuisance
  • The rule in Rylands v Fletcher
  • Vicarious liability
  • Law and morals
  • Judicial creativity
  • Fault
  • Balancing conflicting interests
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

A level Law Course Sample

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