Law GCSE (Archived)

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Course requirements

No previous knowledge is required for this course. This is an online course so you will need access to the internet.

Duration 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.


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


Introductory skills
  • Discovering and using the law
  • Sources of law – keeping up to date
  • Practical legal skills – reading a case

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

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

Exams and assessment

Two exams:
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None


Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 16 assignments

Set texts and resources

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, J Martin, Hodder Education 2009
  • AQA GCSE Law Student’s Book, A Jones and T Page, Nelson Thornes 2009

Some online databases may charge a fee for access to their resources.

Using learn@nec

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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  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

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How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
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  • 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.

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