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Our GCSE Law online course is more than just a factual study of the law. It'll help you see the law as a process which changes in response to the changing needs of society.

You'll learn the fundamentals of British law and see how it developed into our present-day system.

You'll study the law in action, both in civil and criminal law; and family law, which is playing an increasingly important role. You'll learn about the different arms of the court system and the processes involved in applying the law in the UK. In doing so, you'll also explore the many career opportunities associated with law.

Even if you aren't planning a legal career, GCSE Law covers significant subjects like employment and contract law that affect almost everyone. It'll demonstrate to employers than you can deal with complex topics, have excellent analytical skills, and can present information and arguments clearly.

Our Law GCSE course will prepare you for the AQA GCSE Law syllabus (4160) exams.

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

The GCSE Law course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. 

It's the essential foundation if you're thinking about studying Law at A Level or at university. 

Studying Law will also demonstrate that you have excellent communication and analytical skills, valuable traits in the workplace.

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

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

A GCSE in Law will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in Law and many other subjects.

A degree in Law could lead to a many desirable jobs, such as:

  1. Solicitor
  2. Barrister
  3. Paralegal
  4. Legal Executive
  5. Trademark or Patent Attorney
  6. Barrister's clerk
  7. Chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
  8. Licensed conveyancer

The study of Law is useful to many sectors, including HR, finance, media, marketing, teaching and the public sector. 

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.

If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.

You could also do an apprenticeship, or take a vocational course related to a specific job or sector such as an NVQ or BTEC.


We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources


Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

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

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

For this paper you'll answer all the questions from Section A and one from two possible questions in Section B.

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

This paper will consist of four questions covering the four areas the specification can potentially involve. Our course covers three of these areas and you'll be required to answer questions on two of these areas.

Examinations are held in June each year. Assessment is linear, meaning that both exams (papers 41601 and 41602) must be taken during the same exam diet. You can't carry forward individual paper results, so if you're planning to sit paper 41601 in, say, June 2017, you should also sit paper 41602 in June 2017.

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and give you all the information you need to find a suitable exam centre. You'll need to pay a fee to the centre.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools. 

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!

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