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The Law department has created an ambitious curriculum which is designed to nurture the curiosity of laws that interact in a range of litigious issues, including criminal law and civil disputes.  The curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils, regardless of background or ability, develop a broad, yet highly critical understanding of how our society is regulated through law, justice and morality.

In particular, students will:

1. Build a body of knowledge of the laws that apply to criminal behaviours and civil litigation including, torts and contract.

2. Use appropriate evidence in applying their legal knowledge to unfamiliar scenario-based questions to gain a critical understanding of the present state of the law.

Course Content

A Level Content (Year 1):

  • English Legal System: Candidates will understand how the criminal and civil legal system operates in England and Wales, as well as understanding the roles of the legal professionals within the legal system, including: jurors, magistrates and judges.
  • Parliamentary Law Making: This unit focuses on law making in England and Wales as well as the European Union. Candidates will study law making methods and their underpinning concepts. They will develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning as used by lawyers and the judiciary.
  • Criminal Law: This section focuses on the general elements of criminal law and provides an introduction to criminal liability through the study of offences against the person and property, as well as studying specific and general defences.

A Level Content (Year 2):

Tort Law: This section focuses on the rules of tort, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and remedies, this topic provides an introduction to civil liability, and what defences are available to different torts.

Contract Law: This unit focuses on the central elements of contract law from the formation of contracts (offer, acceptance, consideration and intention) to their enforcement, as well as considering the types of contractual terms.

Nature of Law: Candidates will explore the nature of law in a wider context and develop their understanding of how the law interacts with morality, justice, and society. Candidates will be expected to bring together the different areas of knowledge from across the full course of study.


Paper 1 – Legal System and Criminal Law

Paper 2 – Law Making and Law of Tort

Paper 3 – Nature of Law and Law of Contract

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level


Exam Board: OCR

For further details please visit: AS and A Level - Law - H018, H418 - OCR