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Exam Board: OCR


AS Law is based on areas of knowledge and understanding of the English legal system. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of, for example, civil and criminal courts, police powers, the penal system, judiciary, barristers, solicitors, commencing litigation and alternative disputes legislation. Students also develop a knowledge and understanding of judicial precedent, legislation, European Union law, legal institutions, domestic law and law reform.

A2 Students develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles of criminal law and develop a critical awareness of the present state of criminal law in relation both to the scope of specific crimes and the applicability of particular defences. They develop a general appreciation of the role of criminal law in modern society and to be able to relate this to specific issues, eg whether it is justifiable to have crimes of strict liability. Other areas of study include: actus reus, mens rea, attempted offences.


The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS GCE is assessed at a standard appropriate for students who have completed the first year of study (both in terms of teaching time and content) of the corresponding two-year Advanced GCE course, ie between GCSE and Advanced GCE.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

AS Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting
AS Unit G151:
English Legal System
2h written paper 120 marks 60% of the total AS GCE marks
AS Unit G152:
Sources of Law
1h written paper 60 marks 40% of the total AS GCE marks
A2 Unit G153:
Criminal Law
Advanced GCE marks 2h written paper 120 marks 30% of the total Advanced GCE marks
A2 Unit G154:
Criminal Law Special Study
1.5 h written paper 80 marks 20% of the total Advanced GCE marks.

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Business Education, English Language/Literature, History, Sociology, Psychology, Politics.

Student Views

'I studied Law at A-Level and thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the criminal law element. Staff were supportive and encouraging and the course helped me to achieve top marks when I completed my Media Law exams whilst doing my Journalism degree at the University of Sheffield.'
Laura O'Meara

I found A level law challenging yet interesting. The extra curricular activities the Law Department provided brought my legal studies to life and strengthened my UCAS application. The staff were very supportive and helped me to organise valuable work experience. I got an A in A level law and went on to study Law at Durham University. Studying Law helped me to have a head start over other students at university.
Rachael Brown

"I really enjoyed my experience studying Law at Great Barr, the teachers are very supportive and helped me achieve my full potential in a subject which is both challenging and thought provoking. I got an A in Law at A2 and I am currently on a gap year before going to study English with Creative Writing at University of Birmingham."
Sophie Cox, Yr 13 (2009)

'Studying A-Level Law was an enjoyable experience at Great Barr 6th Form. I found it really interesting, and the teacher made it a much lighter subject than it could have been. Studying Law developed my analytical and debating skills. My academic writing improved as well as being able to sustain an argument - this has helped me tremendously in my academic writing and reasoning at University. I am at The University of Birmingham, reading English Language & Literature in Education. I intend to go into publishing, or complete my GDL (law conversation course) in the future.
Iram Satti, Yr 13 (2009)

"A-level law pushed me academically. The style of teaching is very relevant to the style at university level. It prepared me for university life well. The teaching I received was excellent and I really appreciated the level of help which was given to me. I would always be pointed in the right direction to gain a positive answer. I achieved a C grade at A2 in Law and I am now studying History at Lincoln University.”
Thomas Holmes

Career Pathways

By studying Law you are opening a diverse range of further education and career opportunities. These include: Intelligence/National Security, Civil Rights, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Justice, Court Administration, Contract and Procurement, Education Administration, Environmental Careers, Financial Services, Human Resources, International Affairs/Trade, Legal Documentation/Information, Legal Administration, Marketing, Publishing/Broadcasting, Legislation and Regulatory Affairs, Management, Taxation, Real Estate/Housing, Transportation, Litigation.

Further Information

If you require further information please see Mr Currie (Room 59 – Courtroom) or Tel: 0121 366 6611. A lesson observation can be arranged for students by prior appointment.

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