A Level Law (Reformed 2017)

What is Law?

A Level Law aims to present the general principles of English Law in a way that relates theory to everyday experience and shows its relevance both to the individual and as a wider societal concept.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

For those wishing to pursue a career in Law, many universities now consider it, in its A level form, to be a valuable introduction to further and more intensive study. It is also a particularly suitable choice for those considering Business, Economics and Management courses. As the course is concerned with the impact of law in society, it would also make an interesting companion to social science A Levels such as Sociology, Politics and Psychology.

Students will not be expected to have any previous knowledge of the subject although good literacy levels are essential.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

Wide reading of textbooks and the press is recommended. Students will complete regular homework and weekly timed assignments. The first year is based on learning key concepts to allow students to tackle problem based scenarios and ultimately synoptic elements.

AS Specification Number
AQA 7161

 

Paper 1 - 50% of AS qualification

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Criminal Law

Paper 2 - 50% of AS qualification

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Tort

Assessment: Written examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes each.
Questions: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Reading list

Author Title Publisher
Jacqueline Martin and Nicholas Price AQA Law for A Level Hodder Education

 

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

Students are expected to build upon knowledge gained in the first year and demonstrate their ability to apply it to a range of problem based scenario questions. There is an emphasis on essay-writing, especially in relation to synoptic elements. Wide reading of textbooks and the press is required. There will be regular homework and weekly timed assignments.

A Level Specification Number
AQA 7162

Paper 1 - 33% of A Level qualification

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Criminal Law

Paper 2 - 33% of A Level qualification

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Tort

Paper 3 - 33% of A Level qualification

The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Law of Contract OR Human Rights

Assessment: Written examinations of 2 hours each. 100 marks.
Questions: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Jacqueline Martin and Nicholas Price AQA Law for A Level  Hodder Education

 

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.