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Law

Course: AS and A2

Law is a very popular A Level choice. It works well with other Humanity subjects such as Government and Politics and History. If you are thinking about becoming a Lawyer or just have an interest in the subject, this subject will help enhance both university and job applications as you will develop many transferrable skills. Law students will be able to develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will assist you in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life. The course develops excellent written communication skills and research skills, while engaging you in real life challenges. If you are considering taking Law you will participate in researching questions and will also need to keep up to date with the changes in the Law.

How is the course assessed? 
The syllabus is set by the OCR Examination Board. It includes formal input, discussions, role play, case studies and court visits. An integral part of the learning process is the sharing of knowledge and experience. A commitment to progress your study outside the classroom must also be assumed.

AS Level Law Content Overview

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the English legal system, the nature of law and both private and public law. They develop their understanding of legal method and reasoning through the study of statutory interpretation and judicial precedent.

Component 01: The legal system and criminal law

Section A: The legal system focuses on civil and criminal courts, the legal professions, and access to justice. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and people involved in the law and the changing nature of the legal system. They will gain a critical awareness of the legal system.

Section B: Criminal law focuses on the rules and general elements of criminal law, criminal liability, offences against the person, offences against property and defences. Students develop their understanding of criminal law, apply their legal knowledge to scenario-based situations, and gain a critical awareness of the present state of criminal law.

Component 02: Law making and the law of tort

Section A: Law making focuses on law making in England and Wales as well as the European Union. Students develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the judiciary. They will gain a critical awareness of law making in England and of EU law.

Section B: The law of tort focuses on the rules of tort, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and remedies. Students develop their understanding of the law of tort, apply their legal knowledge to scenario-based situations, and gain a critical awareness of the present state of the law of tort.

 

A Level Law Content Overview

Component 03: Further law

In Section A: The nature of law students explore the nature of law in a wider context and how it interacts with morality, justice, society and technology.

For Section B students select one of the following:

Option 1: Human rights law – protection of human rights and freedoms, key provisions of the European convention on human rights; restrictions and enforcement of human rights law

Option 2: The law of contract – the central elements of contract law from the formation of contracts to their enforcement.

For either human rights law or the law of contract students will develop their knowledge and understanding, the skills to apply their legal knowledge to scenario-based situations and gain a critical awareness of the present state of the law.

What are the career opportunities?
A Level Law provides a firm foundation for anyone who wishes to pursue a legal career.  However, successful students are not limited to a career in law, but also in Government, public relations, teaching, journalism, police force, social services and many more!