What you will study
This course is designed for individuals seeking to learn more about the UK’s Immigration Rules and practice and for individuals seeking to practice as a qualified immigration adviser at Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1. Developing both relevant knowledge and skills the course also provides an opportunity for examination preparation and the development of highly sought-after legal skills.
Divided into 15 units of study, the course is supported by an online Immigration Law Manual developed by our partner institution. The units explore key aspects of the OISC Level 1 syllabus and competencies. All teaching materials are delivered online through a course website and each unit contains several self-assessed activities designed to build knowledge and skills, to provide points for reflection on progress and to enable you to assess your own progress.
The units cover an introduction to the UK’s Immigration Rules, applications to leave to enter or remain in the UK, visitors to the UK, Appendix FM, Long Residence, Private Life, Students, Workers and Business, EU and EEA Migrants, Nationality Law, Protection and Human Rights Applications, Administrative Review and Appeals. Immigration law is a complex and fast changing area and emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to work with the Immigration Rules.
In addition to knowledge, you gain several important skills essential to those working with immigration law. These include the application of suitability and eligibility criteria, gathering evidence, choosing the appropriate rules and immigration route, working with the immigration rules, client interviewing, time management, letter drafting, identifying resources, and managing applications appropriately and efficiently. Also considered are the features of ethical practice.
For individual’s seeking to qualify as an OISC Level 1 adviser the course also provides a unique opportunity to explore and practice the knowledge and skills required of the OISC Level 1 examination.
Immigration law is a complex and fast changing area and throughout the course emphasis is placed upon developing skills which enable you to keep up to date and which equip you to work with the Immigration Rules as they change and develop. The course is updated annually and those seeking to take the OISC Level 1 examination are guided through the examination process with reference being made to the OISC Level 1 online examination resources provided by OISC.
You will learn
On successful completion of this course, you will have gained knowledge of:
- 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 have developed 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.
This course explores the knowledge and skills required for those seeking to become an Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 Immigration Adviser in accordance with the requirements to practice that are set by OISC.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) sets entry requirements, examination dates and is the assessor of the examination papers. Information on entry requirements, examination registration and examination dates can be found on the OISC website.
This course is designed for independent study. Other support is available via StudentHome, the computing helpdesk and by contacting OUfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The course has a number of activities designed to provide you with opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills, to assesses your own progress and to reflect on your studies. Activities generally have feedback sections. There are no formal assessments set in the course. However. the course does explore examination skills and examination practice and provides an opportunity for you to self-assess whether you meet the Level 1 knowledge and competency requirements set by OISC. If you are intending to apply to practice as an OISC Level 1 Adviser, please read the paragraph that follows carefully.
For those studying as part of their preparation for becoming an OISC Level 1 Adviser
The syllabus, competencies, and examination for OISC Level 1 practice are set by OISC. OISC sets the examination dates, examination entry requirements and registration requirements. OISC provides an examination resources booklet. You need be familiar with all of these before applying to sit and then sitting the examination. OISC also sets the application criteria which applicants for OISC Level 1 must meet (in addition to passing the OISC Level 1 examination).
You should contact the Home Office directly to ensure your understanding of their requirements is correct before making your application to become an OISC Level 1 Immigrant Adviser and sitting the examination.