A' Level Law (A2) Distance Learning CourseeDistance Learning
- A Level
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Frequent Asked Questions
It is not necessary to have any legal knowledge before starting this course, however, if you have GCSE Law or have completed the Diploma in Law this would greatly assist your studies. All the topic areas need to be studied, although if you have some prior legal knowledge, topic area 1 – the introduction to law can be quickly completed.
A' Level Law (A2)
A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A' Level in Law. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level Law is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level Law exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A Level Law course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.
Law is both a fascinating and challenging subject. It affects every aspect of our daily lives. It is an ideal subject for someone with a logical mind, who likes research and attention to detail. AS/A2 Law generally is a very popular subject with both sixth form students who may be considering a career in law and also with more mature students who want to find out more about this intriguing subject.
This course is specifically written for the GCE Law (AQA) 2160. The new format of the examinations will come into force in January 2009 for AS level and 2010 for A2.
At AS level there are two units for the course and a further two units for A2 specification.
The AS examination may be taken as a stand alone qualification or followed by A2 to constitute a complete A Level.
For further details on the syllabus please visit the AQA website at and click on new GCE’s and law. On the site there are specimen papers, student guide and resources.
Challenges in learning Law
Law can be a challenging subject, it has its own terminology which has to be learned and new terminology is explained in a clear and logical manner throughout the course with appropriate references to the text book.
Also, learning case law can be challenging. Case law consists of cases previously decided in courts of Law. It is important that the facts of these cases are learned as they will have to be known for examinations. It is better to learn these as the course progresses.
For A2 the syllabus specification further develops knowledge of the English Legal system and of substantive law through both criminal and civil law.
Again, the course is divided into the two required units; 3 and 4. The course is then divided into topic areas which closely follows the syllabus requirements as in the AS course.
In each topic area there are some activities, some web based research, self assessment questions and tutor marked assignments. These are assignments you prepare and submit to your tutor for marking. There are twelve assignments in all for A2 (Assignments 1 -12)
Each topic area will state the aims to be achieved and what you can expect to know at the end of the topic.
For unit 3 there is a choice of Criminal Law or Contract Law. Although in the examination you are you only required to cover one area, either criminal law or contract, you might like to study both areas and then decide which to specialise in. Alternatively if you are fast tracking you may wish to cover one area.
Challenges in learning A2 Law
The biggest difficulty is the required learning of the many cases. The course makes suggestions for learning these and explains cases in a straightforward way.
Your tutor will support you with your project formulation and give you guidance with appropriate topics and ideas.
You will be provided with comprehensive online materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact a Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.
Your tutor will give you various resource sites to visit and there is extra material on the student common room (ODL). In addition there are several supporting texts books for this course but again this depends on which approach you are following and which book best suits your individual needs
Further information can be obtained through AQA. The final assessment criteria and structure is the same regardless of which approach you choose.
Textbooks – A2
Recommended text books for unit 3 and 4
AQA Law for A2 – Jacqueline Martin, published by Hodder Arnold 2007
Criminal Law for A2 Jacqueline Martin, published by Hodder Arnold
Key Facts: Criminal Law Chris Turner, published by Hodder Arnold
For Contract Law – Unlocking Contract Law (second edition) – Chris Turner, published by Hodder Arnold or
Contract Law (fourth edition) Mary Charman – Willan Publishing.
All units are broken down into clear subject topics, and students should spend the amount of time studying for each topic as advised by their course tutor. Each topic module has been written for ease of understanding and topic coverage may be of different length and difficulty depending on the level of detail and information required. You will need to study the modules in the sequence provided.
The AS and A2 modules link together and assessment is all done by examination as there is no coursework option.
Learning documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.
Tutor support for two years. Students are required to arrange and pay for examinations, students should note exam dates for the syllabus via the exam board website. Details of examination dates and examination enrolment deadlines are included in the 'Student Welcome Pack'.
Home Study Entry Requirements
It is not necessary to have any legal knowledge before starting this course, however, if you have GCSE Law or have completed the Diploma in Law this would greatly assist your studies.
All the topic areas need to be studied, although if you have some prior legal knowledge, topic area 1 – the introduction to law can be quickly completed.
The enrolment fee for the A' Level Law (A2) home study course is £268.75 (inc VAT), though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £215 (inc VAT) which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.
You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £99 and then 3 equal payments of £56.58 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.
There is no course work required for this course and assessment is by examination for each unit:
Examination –Unit 3
Assessment is by way of a written paper of One hour 30 minutes in length. Candidates have to answer one three part question on either Criminal Law or Contract law. Each part of the question is worth 25 marks. 5 additional marks are available for QWC. The weighting is 50% of total A2 or 25% of total A Level marks.
Examination – Unit 4
Assessment is by way of a written paper of 2 hours duration. Candidates must answer one two part question on either Criminal Law or the Law of Tort, and one essay question on Concepts of Law. Sections A and B are worth 50 marks, Section C carries 30 marks. There are up to 5 additional marks available for quality of written communication. TOTAL marks 85. This examination is available in June only.
AS/A2 - A level in Law. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
Specification: AQA (Full A Level) 2160, AQA (AS) 1161 and AQA (A2) 2161
Your course will be delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website. Please note that included in your course fee is your registration to the On Campus student community, and a licence to print your study materials.
Please be aware that the licence is for one print only, so please ensure that you have enough paper and ink to print the full course materials if required.
You will require having one of the following packages to access your On Campus area:
Windows: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
Macintosh: Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.
After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal student number via email.
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.
Postage & Packing
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