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Law OCR AS and A Level at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

The course will provide a grounding in the main principles of the English legal system. You will analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules and by developing the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly. You must have good English skills to be successful on this course.

Extended Learning:

The course content will need to be revised regularly in order to be able to recall the correct law or cases in an exam. You will need to commit to memory what we have learnt in class.

Course content

AS Level

English Legal System:

  • the court structure, appeal routes, the functions of different courts, learn about the process of suing someone.
  • alternative methods of dispute resolution prior to taking a matter to court including mediation, arbitration and conciliation.
  • police powers of stop and search, arrest and detention; learn about what rights people have if they ever get into trouble with the police.
  • principles of sentencing including the process judges work through to arrive at a sentence, discounts for an early guilty plea.
  • the selection and role of judges, the role and qualifications of solicitors and barristers.
  • provision and funding of legal services including legal aid and no win no fee arrangements.
  • selection and role of magistrates and juries.

Sources of Law:

  • learn how laws are developed through the doctrine of precedent.
  • acts of Parliament and how the houses of commons and lords debate and pass laws, and delegate legislation to other areas.
  • statutory interpretation involving how the wording of the law is interpreted.

European Union law:

  • investigate how legal power is organised across and between European nations.

A Level

Criminal Law:

  • the principles of criminal liability, actus reus, mens rea, strict liability, attempts, general defences.
  • the application of these principals to the crimes of murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person, theft, burglary and robbery.

Pre-Release Unit:

  • This is a special study unit based on pre-released sources about a particular area of criminal law.
  • You will have six sources to learn, make notes on and read around in terms of context.
  • Then in the exam you get a copy of the sources to help you answer three questions based on that topic.
  • This year’s was based on the defence of consent.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Sixth Form entry requirements: 

  • a minimum of 5A*-C grades at GCSE Level across at least 4 different subject areas
  • ideally this should include a Grade 5 for English Language and mathematics. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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    • The Sixth Form is a lively and vibrant place, which offers students a large number of opportunities to contribute to the whole school through extra-curricular activities and leadership. These include recreational Sport, Creative Writing, Young Enterprise, the annual RAG Week and the Sixth Form Council.

      The environment in the Sixth Form is one of challenge; students are encouraged to strive to reach their full potential. In safe and supportive surroundings, students are helped to develop, not just academically, but also emotionally and socially by dedicated Sixth Form staff including an Academic Mentor. Furthermore, our specialist Sixth Form facilities include a coffee shop and newly refurbished Sixth Form study area.