At a glance

Awarding Board: OCR
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE English grade 5


Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: Legal System and Criminal Law (33.3%)
Paper 2: Law Making and The Law of Tort (33.3%)
Paper 3: The Nature of Law and Human Rights (33.3%

Why choose A Level Law?

If you like to debate, and would like to develop your knowledge of the English justice system then this is the course for you!

During the course you will study the legal system, making of laws, criminal law, tort law, the nature of law and the law of human rights. The course covers the changing nature of law and the interaction between law, morals, justice, society and technology.

What will you study?

A Level Law contains three elements:

The Legal System and Criminal Law. You will learn about the structure and function of the court system as well as learning about how laws are developed and interpreted. You will study criminal law in depth, including topics such as murder, manslaughter, theft and defence.

English Legal System and Tort Law. You will focus on how new laws are created and the influences on these laws. You will review the role of the Law Commission and will learn how civil courts operate.

The Nature of Law and Human Rights. You will study the rule of law, delegated legislation and the European Court of Human Rights.

How will you study?

An A Level Law class will typically have 10-15 pupils. Lessons will involve study of real life legal cases, including debate around the cases and how justice was dispensed.

You will complete regular assessments, cumulatively assessing the knowledge and skills you have built up throughout the course. This assessment process will allow regular feedback and help identify areas of improvement.

Where will it take me?

Students wishing to continue their legal studies after A Levels can opt for a university degree or work-based apprenticeship. Both of these routes can lead to the qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

Other popular careers include: Police, Teaching, Social Work or Business and Accounting.


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