OCR GCSE in Law

A course based on this specification will provide a basic understanding in Law and the relevant skills for progression to GCE Law.

A course based on this specification will provide a basic understanding in Law and the relevant skills for progression to GCE Law. It provides grounding in civil and criminal law, focussing on the courts and processes, and also grounding in substantive law through the study of consumer and employment rights and responsibilities.

The specification focuses on the development of skills which are useful for further study and for the workplace. It encourages candidates to develop the skills of problem solving, interpreting source material, data response, analysis, evaluation and extended writing.

The specification is written in a way which is engaging and relevant to the everyday lives of candidates through the study of substantive areas of law and rights and responsibilities.

From September 2009 the GCSE is made up of four mandatory units. These units are externally assessed.
These four units are:

B141: The nature of law. Criminal courts and criminal processes
B142: Civil courts and civil processes. Civil liberties and human rights
B143: Employment rights and responsibilities
B144: Consumer rights and responsibilities

Aims and Learning Outcomes
This specification should encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and explore ways in which legal,cultural, historical, moral, political, religious and social factors interact to shape the world in which we live today. It should prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


The aims of this specification are to enable candidates to:
• actively engage in the study of law to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
• develop an understanding of the role of law in underpinning relationships amongst individuals, groups and institutions within society;
• develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through investigation of legal issues which are important, real and relevant to the world in which they live, and base reasoned judgements and arguments on evidence;
• know the rights and responsibilities they have as individuals, appreciate their own contribution to society and develop skills which enhance their ability to act in informed roles within different contexts.


Prior Learning/Attainment
Candidates entering this course should have achieved a general educational level equivalent to National Curriculum Level 3, or an Entry 3 at Entry Level within the National Qualifications Framework.

GCSE Scheme of Assessment

The nature of law. Criminal courts and criminal processes
25% of the total GCSE marks Candidates answer all questions.
1 hr written paper
60 marks
This unit is externally assessed.


Civil courts and civil processes. Civil liberties and human rights
25% of the total GCSE marks Candidates answer all questions.
1 hr computer-based test
60 marks
This unit is externally assessed.


Employment rights and responsibilities
25% of the total GCSE marks Candidates answer all questions.
1 hr written paper
60 marks
This unit is externally assessed.


Consumer rights and responsibilities
25% of the total GCSE marks Candidates answer all questions.
1 hr written paper
60 marks This unit is externally assessed.

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