Exam Board: OCR

  • Are you interested in how the English Legal System works?
  • Do you know what is the difference between Criminal and Civil Law?
  • Would you like to understand how laws are made?


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • You must have an interest in and enthusiasm for studying Law as a subject and be prepared to read and research Law-based topics.
  • You want to develop your analytical ability and critical thinking skills.
  • You wish to develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions with reference to appropriate legal authority such as cases and statutes.
  • You want to develop an understanding of the Law as a changing body of rules that affects everyone in all aspects of their lives.
  • You will apply for Level 3 Law rather than A Level or BTEC. The mode of study, A Level or BTEC, will be determined by the College following assessments made at the start of the course.


Where does it lead?

Study at A Level provides a useful background for the further study of Law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a law component. 

Studying Law also provides students with valuable transferable skills, for example reasoning, analytical skills and problem solving skills through the application of legal rules, together with an understanding of legal method and reasoning. These skills provide excellent preparation for those students who wish to progress to degree level study or pursue a wide range of careers.

Beyond the traditional Law-related careers as a barrister or solicitor, a qualification in Law will allow you to develop a career as a para-legal or join government agencies such as the Police or the Crown Prosecution Service.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Criminal liability

You will examine non-fatal offences against the person, for example GBH and ABH and  how these crimes are sentenced.

Civil liability

You will examine the law of negligence and how civil disputes can be solved outside of court, including what remedies are available.

Law making

You will explore the process by which both Parliament and the EU create the law and how the courts develop and interpret these laws.

Dispute solving

You will explore how the Criminal and Civil Courts operate and the different legal and lay personnel involved.


Year 2

Legal system and criminal law

You will learn about the operation of courts in England and Wales and the personnel involved in criminal and civil law. You will also learn about a variety of homicide offences (e.g murder) and property offences (e.g theft).

Law making and tort law

You will learn how laws are made inside and outside of parliament, as well as how the courts develop laws. You will also learn about a variety of torts such as occupier’s liability and the remedies available.

Further law and human rights

You will examine how law interacts with society and technology and how it is influenced by our view of morals and justice. You will study in detail the development and impact of human rights law in England and Wales.


How will I be assessed?

  • All assessment for the course is through written examination. 
  • Year 2 = 3 exams (A Level)
  • There will be three examinations, one for each component. Each exam is 2 hours long and is worth one third of the qualification.


What activities can I get Involved in?

You will have the opportunity to expand your learning beyond the classroom during visits to the Supreme Court and Parliament perhaps by participating in our successful Mock Trial team.

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


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