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Law A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Although you may not realise it, you cannot get through a day without the law having an impact on you in some way. In this interesting subject you will learn that law is defined as a system of rules by which society is governed. It is there to help us when we need assistance, to set standards such as what speed we should drive at on our roads to how we should treat other people. It is also there to punish us when we commit an offence against the state. With a qualification in law, you could go on to higher education to study law or business studies, or you could work in the legal profession, local government or management. Equally, the study of law is also suitable for students who simply have an interest in people and related social issues.

Complementary Subjects

Many other subjects go well with Law, for example, English, History, Psychology, Sociology and Economics.

Course content

Students will study three units over the A-Level course:

  • the legal system and criminal law;
  • law making and the law of tort;
  • the nature of law and human rights law.

These topics will give students an insight into the distinction between enforceable legal rules in contrast to other rules and norms of behaviour.

You will also gain an understanding of the differences between criminal and civil law and between different sources of law including custom, statute law and the common law.

There are also topics such as the legislative process including types of bills, stages in the process and the role of the Law Commission as well as a variety of influences on law making.

You will also study delegated legislation, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, the functions of the civil and criminal courts as well as the legal profession including magistrates and the judiciary.

In other topics you will study the principles of criminal liability; the law on assault and battery; fatal offences including murder and manslaughter; property offences including theft, burglary and robbery.

You will also learn about defences such as insanity, automatism and self-defence.

Other areas include tort law, law and morality and human rights law.

Entry requirements

Law students should be interested in the world around them, be able to write well and have the ability to develop critical and analytical arguments. It is essential therefore, that students have a minimum of a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language. Problem solving and logical thinking are also required so it is preferable that students have a grade 5 in Mathematics.


Specification: OCR H415

At A Level, there are three, two hour examinations. Each paper is worth one third of the full A Level.

Future opportunities

Of course some Law students want to eventually practice as either a solicitor or barrister but not everyone wants to qualify as a lawyer. A-Level Law students will develop a variety of transferable skills such as analysis, reasoning and problem-solving, alongside the ability to construct legal arguments; these skills are considered valuable and are held in high esteem by a wide range of future employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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