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AS/A Level Law Course

Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2150QS – A Level:  1150QS

Law pervades our lives. It provides the framework within which a successful society can flourish. Conversely, the absence of an operational legal system permits terrible injustices to be visited upon the most vulnerable members of a society.

At a more prosaic level, law shapes our lives in a multitude of ways. It sets the terms of our employment, provides protection from harm, compensation for injury and impinges upon our closest relationships with others.

As a student of law you will be challenged to think about and respond to questions which are of fundamental importance to our future. A Level is about analysis, attention to detail, argument and communication

Law is a rigorous academic subject that will give you some excellent attributes:

  • Precision – there’s no room for vagueness in legal argument; you’ll be the sort of person who gets straight to the point – accurately
  • Clarity of thought – in expression and argument
  • The ability to place an argument in its context – which means you’ll develop the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ and make connections between the seemingly unrelated: very useful
  •  Persuasiveness – law is about getting a point of view across
  • Communications skills – making yourself understood, both verbally and in writing
  •  Presentation skills – you’ll have to write and speak fluently and effectively.

Law appeals to those with an intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm in social, political and economic issues as well as to those who are considering pursuing further study of the subject in higher education. Law is often an integral part of higher education courses, e.g. Accountancy, Business Studies, and Criminology etc. In addition, it provides a coherent and satisfying course of study for candidates who want to increase their knowledge of law and legal rights, and may help candidates pursue careers, e.g. police, probation service, consumer advice, social work, banking, local government etc.

You’ll need to be highly motivated and self-disciplined to learn the law properly.

Entry Requirements

To study A Level Law you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above including English Language and Mathematics.

 

Curriculum

The WJEC AS and A level in Law enable learners to develop an understanding of both public and private law within the law of Wales and England. The specification enables learners to develop their ability to analyse both legal rules and principles and factual issues. It enables learners to construct persuasive legal arguments and to evaluate the strength of such arguments. It also enables learners to develop the ability to think critically about the role of law in society.

AS and A Level Law specifications encourages learners to:

  •  develop their knowledge and understanding of the Welsh legal system and areas
    of both private and public law within the law of Wales and England;
  • develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and
    the judiciary;
  • develop and apply the techniques of legal method and reasoning to analyse and
    offer answers to problems, based on legal principles, legislation and case law;
  • and develop the ability to construct conclusions and communicate legal
    arguments by reference to appropriate legal authorities.

At A2 learners develop the ability to:

  • communicate persuasive legal arguments by reference to appropriate legal
    authorities;
  •  evaluate the strength of legal arguments;
  •  and be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the influence and operation of
    the law in society

Subject Contents

The AS units cover the study of the Welsh and English legal systems and the nature
of law. They also cover the study of the law of tort.

The A2 units cover the study of two further areas of law, from a choice of human
rights law, law of contract and criminal law.

The Nature of Law
The nature of law must include the study of the distinction between enforceable legal
rules and principles and other rules and norms of behaviour; criminal and civil law
and the different sources of law i.e. custom, statutory law and the common law.

At AS, the nature of law is assessed in Unit 1.

At A2 the pervasive nature of law and society, law and morality and law and justice is
assessed in Unit 3 and Unit 4.

 Law and society

  •  Rule of law; human rights; the meaning and importance of fault in civil
    and/or criminal law
  • Balancing conflicting interests; identification of the different interests of
    parties to disputes
  • Public interests against private interests; the subordination of
    individual rights to community interests

Law and morality

  •  The distinction between law and morals
  •  The diversity of moral views in a pluralist society
  •  The relationship between law and morals and its importance
  • The legal enforcement of moral values

Law and justice

  •  The meaning of ‘justice; theories of justice
  • The extent to which substantive legal rules, legal institutions and processes achieve justice or create barriers to justice

AS Level

A2 Law

 

This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment.
Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer assessment period each year,
until the end of the life of the specification.

This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.

AS Level

A2 Law

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

 

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and 
interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual.

As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same A level exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

You’re a level course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.


Yes! You can, if you are looking to improve your grade in your GCSEs, whilst studying A levels with us!


You can study A level courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and pre-recorded and in person teaching in class. The other option is only online live classes or Distance learning course.


Students normally study 4 AS subject in Year 12 and continue with the 3 subjects of their course in Year 2 to complete the A level.


If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.
How will I be supported?

  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Distance Learning is a self-study course that you work through at your own pace using our Online course materials; a wide range of online resources, access to our Google classroom and tutor support when you need it.

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have mentioned in your enrolment.


A level’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year, would be an intensive course. You may be able to complete the course in one year as an intensive course; you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

You have the option to join Year 13 and repeat the year and complete your course in one year.


We offer A levels – part time in the evenings to adult learners.

You have 2 options – Online live classes in the evening, Online Distance learning course.

You will have full tutor support in both options.


We offer support to all our students! We help you with your university options, personal statement writing, we provide a reference and your predicted grades. 
We also help you prepare for you interviews.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.


Yes of course! You can come in to our office and speak to our course advisors.
You can also book a Video call with us, email admin@swanseacollege.com to arrange.


Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online. 
If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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