Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018.

The deadline for enrolling is 31st December and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment.

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.



Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is required for this course.


This course follows specification 4160 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specification can be obtained from AQA's website.

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

Two exams:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

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


Additional information

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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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.

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Introductory skills

  • 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
  • Tort
  • Negligence
  • 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
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

GCSE Law Course Sample

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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