Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018.
The deadline for enrolling is 31st October. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 31st December.
A basic understanding of the laws of the UK is incredibly useful in all walks of life. Our home study GCSE will introduce you to the underlying principles that govern UK law, and how they affect individuals, groups and institutions. If you want to study law at A level or as a degree, this course will serve as an excellent knowledge base on which to build your understanding. Even if you have no desire to further your studies, this distance learning GCSE will make you more aware of your rights and responsibilities as a UK citizen and provide you with information that could protect you in a range of situations. Full details of the course can be found below.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018.
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 16 assignments
You will need to be able to look up information about example cases for this course, either through textbooks or by searching online.
The following textbooks are suggestions:
- GCSE Law, Jacqueline Martin, Hodder Education 2009
- AQA GCSE Law Student’s Book, Alan Jones and Tracey Page, Nelson Thornes 2009
Some online databases may charge a fee for access to their resources.
Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:
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- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
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- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
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- Discovering and using the law
- Sources of law – keeping up to date
- Practical legal skills – reading a case
Unit 1: The English legal system
- Module 1: The nature and institutions of law
- Why society needs law
- Classification of law
- How and why law needs to change
- Criminal and civil courts
- The court system and the administration of law
- The personnel of the law
- Module 2: Legal processes
- Statute law
- Case law
- Changing the law
- Police powers
- The criminal and civil processes
- Sources of legal advice and funding a claim
Unit 2: Law in action
- Module 3: The law of tort
- Occupiers' liability
- Nuisance and trespass
- General defences to tort
- Module 4: Criminal law
- Introduction to crime
- Fatal offences against the person
- Non-fatal offences against the person
- Property offences
- Defences to crime and sentencing
- Module 5: Family law
- Marriage, separation and divorce
- After divorce
- Wills and the law of succession
- Module 6: Rights and responsibilities
- Contract and consumer law
- Contracts of employment
- Rights and freedoms under the law
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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What our students say...
"I enjoyed the flexibility in organising my own time and being able to go at a rate which suited me. I’d say distance learning is a great option, particularly if you are self-motivated or independent."
— Josh Donegani