Taught course

Foundations of UK immigration law – OISC Level 1 (online short course)

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

This course assumes a basic knowledge of the UK’s legal system and law-making processes.

This course should take approximately 60 hours of study time depending on your familiarity with immigration law and practice. It has been carefully designed to allow you to work at your own pace and with the flexibility to study at the times that suit you.

Months of entry


Course content

The course explores the skills and knowledge expected of an Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 Immigration Adviser. It is suitable for those seeking to work as an OISC Level 1 Adviser and those seeking to expand their knowledge of the UK’s immigration system.

You'll consider immigration routes, asylum, nationality and appeals. In addition, you'll learn about the sources of immigration law and the structure and operation of the UK’s immigration rules. Integral to the knowledge gained are the skills required to interview clients, to make applications, to consider relevant immigration routes and to work in an ethical and professional manner.

This course has been designed by The Open University and HJT Training professionals, who specialise in immigration law.

You'll learn

  • key areas of UK immigration law
  • the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 syllabus and required competencies
  • the permitted work of an OISC Level 1 Immigration Adviser
  • personnel and terminology relating to immigration law
  • the role of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC)
  • OISC examination resources.

You will also develop several legal, practical, and professional skills including those relevant to:

  • practice as a Level 1 Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Immigration Adviser
  • working with the Immigration Rules
  • working with clients
  • the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 examination.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.6 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Work-based activities100

Course contact details

The Open University