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Revision (KS5): Law


Further Reading/Study Support:

OCR Law for As second edition, by Jacqueline Martin

A2 Law for OCR, by Sally Russell

Legislation, OCR Unit 152, Sources of law, by Richard Priestley

European Union Law, OCR Unit 152, Sources of Law, By Richard Priestley

Formation of a Contract, OCR Unit G155, Law of Contract, By Richard Priestley


Law Revision links:



Gather essentials- make sure you have easy access to stationary, a quiet space and plenty of paper.

Know your strengths- Carefully select the topics you are strongest at to focus your revision on.

Plan- Make sure you have a revision timetable and a revision checklist
When is the exam?- Know the dates so you can structure your revision equally for both papers.

Know the structure of the exam- Be sure you know how many questions to answer and what an exam paper looks like. Know how the exam questions are marked, especially the weightings of the AOs.

Glossary- compile a key vocabulary glossary complete with up to date examples.

Create – spider diagrams, flow charts and mind maps to allow you to recall key information and cases.

Practice! Answer exam style questions under exam conditions using the link to OCR website.

Help! Form study support groups; coerce family members into helping and testing you.

Study- little and often rather than once in bulk.

ASK!!!! Email your teachers if you need help, attend revision sessions on offer and never be afraid to ask for extra support.



Explain – make an idea, situation or problem clear revealing relevant information and facts.

Describe – Give an account in words of something, including all of the relevant characteristics, qualities or events.

Outline – A general plan giving the essential fact but not the detail, just an overview. The main features or general principles of something.

Consider – requires you to identify the relevant rules and apply them or reflect on the circumstances in the scenario and identify the relevant rules that might apply based on the facts band discuss how far the rules apply.

Discuss – means the same as ‘consider’.

Critically – Characterized by careful, exact evaluation and judgment.

Analysis – use the CLOE four step frame work. Claim; Law; Evaluation and Outcome.

Evaluate – weigh up or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of something. Questions are answered most effectively by explaining the weaknesses and problems within the present law and looking to possible reforms.



Police Powers and Sentencing

Over the last 6 years these are two of the key areas that come up again and again so you need to know them well.

Use abbreviations to save time, ensuring first that you write it in full – “The Police and Criminal Evidence Act’ (PACE) etc.


Treat the examiner like your student!

If you are discussing a key area for example ‘Bail’ define Bail and the automatic presumption for Bail along with the key Statue/s that govern it. Then answer the question asked! 


Tips on answering stimulus based short answer questions

Refer to the source or quote the person’s name to show that you are linking your answer to the question this will give you access to top level marking.

For 12 mark answers, use an equal mix of evidence from within the source and your own knowledge.

Use up Statue and case law to back up your answers and explain how it has changed or impacted on the current law.


Tips for answering 18 mark questions

If you are asked one side of an arg (“Make a case against….”), make sure you do just that; do not waste time ‘discussing’ both sides of the debate.

If the question asks you to consider both sides (“Assess the strengths and weaknesses of….”) , then make sure you give both sides in equal amount.


Critical Point (CP) and Well developed Points (WP)

There are masses of A03 marks on offer, which means you have to communicate your knowledge in a way that is easy to understand


P: The Point

D: Developed point

W: Well developed point


P: One advantage of lay magistrate is that they have a local knowledge as they have to live or work in the local justice area.

D: This is good as they should know about the local area and local patterns of crime in the area, unlike a judge who probably lives and works elsewhere.

W: However, many lay magistrates now simply work in the local justice area and have little to do with the local community and therefore this advantage is lost.

Conclusion: It is advantageous, when assessing lay magistrates, to compare them with district judges.




Treat the examiner like your student!


Use examples

Examples of Common Law and Statue are extremely important at this level. You will be expected to include at least 8-9 cases with all relevant details of the events and how it has impacted on the current law today.


50 markers

These questions are made up of 25 marks for AO1 consisting of being able to cite at least 8 relevant cases accurately and clearly to support argument and make reference to specific sections of the relevant statute, where appropriate.  20 Marks are given for AO2 where the discussion makes good use of the cases and develops clear arguments based on the topic area with reasoning and critical links between the cases.

There are a further 5 marks for AO3 which looks at communication and presentation of the arguemnets in a logical and effective manner, using appropriate legal terminology.


20 markers

These are based on a short scenario with (a) – (d) questions attached asking whether you agree or disagree with each statement in reference to the scenario. Each part is worth 5 marks and you will need to make 4 clear points and 1 conclusion statement stating if it is accurate or not.



OCR Law past paper and mark schemes