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Law A Level at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

Course description

If you are somebody who is interested in the law and how it works to promote justice, then this course will be of interest to you.


Course content

What will I learn?

In the first year you will investigate the English Legal System, how the courts, both criminal and civil, operate, the role of lay people within the system and the legal profession. The course also looks at the rights of an individual and the powers of the police in situations such as stop and search, arrest and detention at the police station. In addition you will spend time looking at sources of law: the role of Parliament, Judges and the European Union.

In the second year of study the focus is on Criminal Law, exploring the principles of criminal liability; offence such as murder, manslaughter, theft and burglary as well as legal defences that are available such as insanity, self defence, diminished responsibility and duress.


Entry requirements


Students do not need any prior knowledge of the subject, but the examining body OCR recommends that students have attained at least a GCSE grade 5 in English.


How will I be assessed?

Both years are assessed externally with 2 exams at the AS level (a 2hour and 1hour paper) and 2 exams at A2 Level (a 2hour and 1 and1/2 hour paper).


Future opportunities

Where might this course take me?

Law GCE A level can lead to a wide range of university courses. As well as being preferred by some universities if you want to study Law, it is also beneficial for Business, Government and Politics, Criminology and Social Sciences.

It can also be combined with other disciplines eg Media or Psychology. Law A level can be used successfully when applying for most university courses. Employment opportunities are numerous, including work within the Legal System, Civil Service, Police Force, Environmental Agencies, Local Government and the Banking Industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 year