Qualification: A Level Law (OCR)

Course Tutor: Miss L Davies

Course entry requirements: General A level entry requirements including a grade 5 at GCSE English Language or Literature.

Course description

A Level Law provides a fascinating insight into so many different disciplines. There are many benefits of studying A Level Law. Students develop their knowledge of law in England and Wales, and develop an awareness of the interaction between law, morals, justice, society and technology.

The A Level helps students develop a range of transferable skills: analysis, attention to detail, logical thinking, research, essay writing and the ability to produce a balanced, persuasive argument.

The course is engaging and encourages the learner to experience ‘law in action’ through a variety of interactive activities. Visits to the criminal courts, the Galleries of Justice and other related places of interest bring the subject to life. Opportunities to participate in mock trials also help to develop skills of persuasion and debate.

Students will learn about: The legal system and law making, the nature of law and core areas such as criminal law, law of tort and law of contract.

The A Level in Law fosters students’ interest in law and helps them develop knowledge and skills relevant to further study of law and other subjects. Students will be provided advice about future careers and learn the qualifying routes for people in the legal system.


The A Level qualification consists of three exam papers, each 2 hours long and each worth 33.33% of the marks. There is a variety of exam questions including: Describe, Apply and Evaluate questions.


There is no coursework for this subject.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

This A Level provides an excellent grounding for students who want to read law at university or start a legal apprenticeship. Both of these routes can lead to the qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive. Universities recognise the benefits of A Level Law and the study of core law modules on the A Level will place students at an advantage. Other popular careers include the police, teaching, social work, business and accounting.

A Level Law is not just for students who want to enter the legal professions. It links well with subjects including, history, sociology, psychology, economics and business, to name just a few! It also provides lots of discussion of wider general knowledge, such as politics and human rights. The real question is not, ‘Why should you study A Level Law?’ but instead, ‘Why would you not?’

If you would like more detailed information about the content of this course, please visit the Law curriculum page, where you will find curriculum maps for each year of study.

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