Law A Level

A new course starting in September 2024 (please note this course will only run if numbers are larger than 10 students).

What topics do we study in Law?

The OCR Law syllabus covers many in-depth topics. The three largest components of study involve Criminal Law (e.g. fatal, non-fatal and property offences) as well as criminal defences; Tort Law (e.g. including the law regarding negligence; and Human Rights law. Students will also cover additional units looking at our legal system and processes (e.g. courts, and the people involved in UK Law) and also law making, e.g. the role of Parliament, and the Doctrine of Precedent.

Why study Law?

Law is obviously a useful subject for those students who may wish to study Law at University, or who have future career aspirations in this area. In addition, Law suits those students with an interest in the workings of society and in current affairs and politics. The subject works well with other Social Sciences such as Sociology, Humanities subjects, and Business. You will develop useful skills including communication (discussion, debate, presentation etc), analysis, evaluation and research.

What are the requirements?

Grade 6 in English Language GCSE.

Law is a complex area and a great deal of specialist subject knowledge has to be learnt, used and understood. You need to be highly organised and take an active interest in current affairs, in order to make connections between your learning and real legal cases.

Course outline

Year 12

In Year 12 you will study:

  • Tort Law
  • Legal System and Law Making
  • Criminal Law

Year 13

In Year 13 you will study:

  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • The Nature of Law (Law and Morality, Law and Society, Law and Justice)


The OCR A Level Law is assessed through written exams each 2 hours long. 

All exams consist of a mixture of short answer questions and essay questions.

Overall, the OCR A Level Law specification provides students with a thorough understanding of the English legal system and its key areas of law.

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