A Level Law is a popular choice at Key Stage 5. Students follow the OCR specification and are assessed by examinations at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework component.

The study of Law helps to develop a student’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem solving skills through the systematic application of legal rules. Students learn to think logically and to use legal cases and authority to support their arguments. They gain a range of transferable skills that will make them attractive to university admissions tutors and employers alike. Indeed, each year, a number of KES Law students go on to read Law at university. A Level Law is particularly useful to students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession, the police force, business, banking or the civil service.

The Specification – all papers have an element of theory and substantive law.

Paper 1 – The Legal System and Criminal Law:

  • Civil courts and alternate methods of dispute resolution
  • Criminal courts and lay people
  • Legal personnel
  • Access to justice
  • General elements of criminal liability
  • Fatal offences against the person. Students learn the differences between murder and the different types of manslaughter
  • Non-fatal offences against the person. Students learn to identify crimes such as assault and GBH
  • Offences against property. Students learn the elements of crimes such as theft and robbery
  • Defences
  • Preliminary offences
  • Critical evaluation of the law and proposals for reform

Paper 2 – Law Making and Tort:

  • Parliamentary law making
  • Judicial precedent
  • Law reform
  • European Union Law
  • Liability in negligence. Students learn how to identify negligence, take a claim to court and calculate an award of damages
  • Occupiers’ Liability. Students learn how owners of property may be liable for injuries to visitors and trespassers
  • Defences
  • Damages. Students learn how the courts award compensation to Claimants in tort cases
  • Critical evaluation of the law and proposals for reform

Paper 3 – The Nature of Law and Contract:

  • The nature of law. Students will examine the connections between law, morals and justice
  • Law and society. Students will consider the law as a social mechanism
  • Law and technology. Students consider modern issues such as data protection and cyber crime
  • The law of contract. Students will examine how a valid contract is constructed under the law
  • Consumer protection. Students will examine the rights of consumers under English Law
  • Critical evaluation of the law and proposals for reform