Law A Level

Board: OCR
Syllabus: H418

About the subject

A Level Law is a dynamic and living subject. It changes in response to events, developments in technology and serves to reflect contemporary values within society. Students will learn about society from a legal perspective and the interaction between law and morals, justice and society, including the Rule of Law.


The specification has a broad focus. Students will learn about law making, the English legal system, criminal law, tort law, human rights and jurisprudence of law.


The study of A Level law helps students develop a range of transferable skills: analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, research skills, independent learning, ability to debate controversial issues and take on board alternative points of view and to create a balanced argument.


No prior knowledge of the law is needed other than the ability to analyse the law rather than accepting it a face value. The course is more suited to students who take a proactive approach to learning. Students who study law must have a good aptitude for independent learning, essay-writing and problem solving.  All key qualities of a good law student.


Learning styles

Learning takes place via a range of methods including independent learning, discussion and note-taking. Emphasis is also placed on I.T as the Law department has its own well-resourced SharePoint site with links to useful websites.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Law  has strong links to other subjects such as the humanities and social science subjects including Politics, History, Sociology and Criminology. The study of A level English Literature will  support the analytical skills for essay writing as required in A level law.

A Level law is a well -respected subject and is not only for students who want to enter the legal professions. Students can continue their legal studies opting for a university degree or a work-based apprenticeship.  Both of these routes can lead to qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive. Other popular careers include the police, teaching, social work, business and accounting.


Subject Modules and Assessment

A Level Law is a two year linear course assessed by 100% written examinations consisting of a mixture of essay questions and scenario questions.

Unit 01    The legal system and criminal law      (33.3% of A level)    2hr exam

Unit 02    Law making and the law of tort           (33.3% of A level)    2hr exam

Unit 03    The nature of law  and human rights    (33.3% of A level)    2 hr exam


Minimum Subject Entry

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English language and

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English literature