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In this GCSE Law online course you will learn the fundamentals of British law and see how it is developed in our present-day system.

You will learn about the different arms of the court system and the processes involved in applying the law in the UK, exploring the many career opportunities offered.

You will also study the law in action, both in civil and criminal law. You will also study family law, which is playing an increasingly important role.

The GCSE Law online course has been designed to give you more than just a factual study of the law, and will help you see it as a process which changes in response to the changing needs of society.

Even if you aren't planning a legal career, GCSE Law covers subjects like employment and contract law that affect almost everyone. Passing GCSE Law also shows you can deal with complex topics and present information and arguments clearly.

GCSE Law Course Content

Our Law GCSE course prepares students for AQA GCSE Law syllabus (4160), for exams in 2012 and later years. 

Unit 1 - The English Legal System

Introduction to Law

  1. Meaning and definition of law
  2. Classifications of law: (Public and Private; Civil and Criminal)


Courts and Processes

  1. Hierarchy of the Courts
  2. The Magistrates' Court
  3. The Crown Court
  4. The County Court


People in the Law

  1. Juries
  2. Lay Magistrates
  3. Solicitors and Barristers
  4. Judges


Sources of English Law

  1. The making and importance of Acts of Parliament
  2. Case Law and Precedent
  3. Relationship between the different sources of law


Unit 2: Law in Action

The Law of Tort

  1. Introduction to Tort
  2. Negligence
  3. Trespass
  4. Nuisance
  5. General Defences in Tort
  6. Remedies in Tort


Criminal Law

  1. Introduction to Criminal Law
  2. Fatal Offences
  3. Non-fatal Offences
  4. Property Offences
  5. General Defences


Family Law

  1. Marriage
  2. Divorce
  3. Succession
Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our GCSE Law course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.

Where will I go from here?

A GCSE in Law will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in law, eventually leading to a career in one of the varied arms of the law or associated fields. If you are looking for employment or to progress within employment, your GCSE Law will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

What will I gain?

This course will prepare you to sit the GCSE Law exam.


You will be required to complete two exams for your GCSE in Law:

  1. Unit 1 - 41601 - Written Paper - 1 hour 30mins


For this paper you should answer all questions from Section A and one from two questions in Section B.

  1. Unit 2 - 41602 - Written Paper - 1 hour 30mins


You should answer two questions from a choice of four.

The examination for Unit 2 will consist of four questions covering the four areas of the specification. The ICS course covers three of these areas and you will be required to answer questions on two of these areas.

Examinations are held in June each year. From June 2015 assessment will be linear meaning that 100% of the assessment (papers 41601 and 41602) must be taken at the same examination point. Candidates will not be allowed to carry forward individual paper results, so if you are planning to sit paper 41601 at June 2015, you should also sit paper 41602 at June 2015 , and if you have already passed paper 41601, then you should sit paper 41602 in June 2015.  

Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in online learning, we know offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive study materials that have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field. You'll also have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

You'll also be part of our Online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work, ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors now for payment plans.

Additional Fees

Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

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