General elements of liability.

This topic forms part of the criminal law unit and counts towards the A level award.


Actus reus:

  • conduct; acts and omissions and state of affairs
  • voluntariness and involuntariness
  • causation
  • consequences.

Additional fault elements:

  • mens rea; intention and subjective recklessness
  • negligence
  • transferred malice.

No fault: strict liability.

Coincidence of actus reus and mens rea.



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Units and Topics

The following units are part of the AQA A Level Law 7162 from 2017 course

A Level Law: The nature of law and the English legal system.

A Level Law: Criminal law

A Level Law: Tort

A Level Law Option B: Human rights

View the A Level Law Option B: Human rights unit in more detail.

A Level Law Option A: Contract law