Mrs S Teal LLB, Leeds
Examination body: OCR
Law has an impact on all areas of our lives, from the contracts we make when we buy an item to the punishments imposed on those who break the criminal law and the compensation paid when those who owe duties to others breach them. It also applies to wider issues such as those involving human rights and the conceptual ideas which underpin the law. The two-year A Level Law course encompasses a range of legal areas, culminating in three terminal examinations.
The study of Law is an invaluable background for many career paths and develops skills which are transferrable to a wide range of degree courses. Those who go on to study Law at undergraduate level find that A Level Law is accepted by almost all universities. Law combines well with many social science subjects but also fits well with problem-solving subjects such as Maths and the Sciences.
There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. However, OCR Law is a rigorous academic course which develops the skills of analysis, evaluation, logical thinking and problem-solving. Some of the examination questions require extended writing; an ability to write well is helpful, as is a willingness to master skills of deductive and logical reasoning on the basis of evidence. You need to be willing to engage with reading and processing large amounts of information. It is also helpful to have an interest in current affairs.
Delivery and assessment
Three examinations taken at the end of Year 13 will cover:
- Paper 1 The legal system and criminal law – 2 hour exam
- Paper 2 Law making and the law of tort – 2 hour exam
- Paper 3 The nature of law and human rights law – 2 hour exam