This course aims to give a coherent introduction to the study of the legal sector. Studying law offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. It gives students an understanding of the role of Law in today's society and raises awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals in society.
By learning about legal rules and how and why they apply to real life, students will also develop their analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Details about the curriculum structure
The course is sequenced in such a way as to consider that students starting the course have no previous knowledge of the subject of law.
A level Law is a thinking, writing, debating and learning subject. Students will learn how to argue, on paper and in class, to develop and defend your views on how legal principles apply to specific situations. They will develop an understanding of the wider English Legal System as well as further discrete knowledge in the areas of Criminal, Tort and Human Rights law. Students will also be able to appreciate how law impacts upon all our lives and upon society.
As with all subjects at KS5, students are taught Law over 8 hours per fortnight.
What will student’s study?
This component introduces learners to the legal system. It also introduces learners to the concept of liability through an introduction to criminal law
The component is split into two sections, Section A: the legal system which includes the role of lay people, legal professionals, civil courts and funding and Section B: Criminal law, including fatal and non-fatal offences, property offences, mental capacity defences and general defence.
This component introduces learners to law making. It also introduces learners to the concept of liability through and introduction to the law of tort. This component is split into two sections, Section A: Law making and Section B: The law of tort. Areas of study include negligence, vicarious liability, occupier's liability, torts connected to land and defences and remedies.
This component will enable learners to extend their study of law. They will explore and consider in detail the nature of law and extend their legal knowledge through the study of human rights. Topics covered in this area include justice, society, morality and technology.
Human rights: Human Rights Act, articles under the European Convention of Human Rights, enforcement and protection of human rights.
Qualification we offer
OCR A Level in Law
Where could this subject ultimately take you?
All the skills developed on the A Level Law course are highly sought after by higher education and employers whether or not you choose to pursue a legal career.
Students wishing to continue their legal studies after A Levels can opt for a university degree or work based apprenticeship. Both of these routes can lead to the qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive. Other popular careers include the police, teaching, social work, business and accounting.
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