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GCSE Law Distance Learning Course

Course Overview

Each lesson of the GCSE Law course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are seven tutor-marked assignments. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed or required.

Course Content

The Oxford Open Learning GCSE Law course covers the entire syllabus in eight modules and 31 lessons.   Areas covered include the nature, evolution, making, and administration of the law, and contract, tort, criminal, family, and employment law.

The AQA specification is divided into two units:

  • Unit 1   The English Legal System (41601)
  • Unit 2   The Law in Action (41602)

Each unit is examined separately in a written exam paper of 1 hour 30 minutes.  Each exam is worth 50%.  The course follows a similar structure:

Unit One: The English Legal System

  • Module A: Introduction to Law
  • Module B: Courts and Processes
  • Module C: People in the Law
  • Module D: Sources of English Law

Unit Two: The Law in Action

  • Module E: The Law of Tort
  • Module F: Criminal Law
  • Module G: Family Law
  • Module H: Rights and Responsibilities


Our Law GCSE course prepares students for AQA GCSE Law syllabus 4160, for exams in 2015 and later years.  The last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in the June 2018 series and there will be no further re-sit opportunity.


Coursework and Controlled Assessment are not required for Law GCSE. Assessment is by written examination only.

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The course is fully self-contained and is designed to prepare you for the examination without the use of a textbook.

However, you are strongly advised to supplement your studies by reference to one of the many specially written GCSE textbooks.

Download and view the Introduction to our Law GCSE course

Download and view a Sample Lesson from our Law GCSE course

Download and view a copy of the AQA Syllabus for Law GCSE