What will you study and other information about A Level Law
The Legal System
You will learn about the courts, hierarchy and appeal routes, as well as the people involved within the legal system (including solicitors, barristers, legal executives, judges, juries and magistrates). Learn about the allocation of legal aid for criminal and civil cases and the fundamental issues within the system that are preventing access to justice.
Develop an understanding of the key elements of criminal liability, as well as covering a variety of offences, from assault and battery to murder and manslaughter. You will also explore offences against property, including theft, robbery and burglary. Want to know how to get away with murder (or any other offence for that matter)? Then pay close attention to the defences that might be available at trial (e.g. self-defence, insanity, duress, intoxication… to name but a few!).
Find out how different types of laws are made, from Acts of Parliament to judge-made common law. You will also find out how local authorities can make certain types of laws, including why our Blackpool donkeys on the beach must have Fridays off work!
The Law of Torts
Ever thought about suing someone, or whether you would have a successful claim? We cover a number of torts (civil ‘wrongs’), including negligence, occupiers’ liability and nuisance. You will also learn about when an employer can be held vicariously liable for the torts committed by their employees.
The Nature of Law
Take a look at the law from a philosophical angle, whilst you explore the links between law and morality, justice and society.
Discover the essential elements to make a contract legally binding and what course of action would be available for a breach of contract. We will also consider acts that can undermine the integrity of a contract, making it void, or voidable, and even what happens when a contract becomes impossible to perform.
No purchases are required for this course.
Students may wish to purchase textbooks for this course, though it is not essential, as master notes will be provided for all elements of the course. For any students who prefer working from textbooks, there are two textbooks endorsed by OCR that, together, cover the A Level Law course.
OCR AS/A Level Law Book 1, by Jacqueline Martin and Nicholas Price
OCR A Level Law Book 2, by Jacqueline Martin, Nicholas Price and Richard Wortley.
Online Law booklets are provided and accessible via Google Drive. In addition, there may be an opportunity to take part in an overnight trip to London at an approximate cost of £120.
Enrichment activities will vary each year, due to availability. Students in previous years have had the opportunity to sign up for a trip to London to visit Parliament and the Supreme Court. Our guest speakers have included practicing barristers, solicitors, magistrates and university lecturers.