Online tutored course OISC Level 1: 7th May 2024

Our four-week part-time OISC Level 1 course is perfect for those who are new to immigration law and those who are planning to apply register as OISC level 1 immigration advisers. We’ll carefully guide you and a small group through the OISC level 1 syllabus, giving you the best possible chance of passing the OISC Level 1 exams.

CPD Points: 12
Length of course: 4 weeks

About this course

The course is perfect for those wanting to learn immigration law for the first time. You do not need any prior experience and you do not need previous legal training. It is aimed at those who are new to immigration law.

If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of passing the OISC level 1 exams, this is the way to do it. If you work or volunteer for a charity or NGO and want to get a better handle on the system as a whole, the course is perfect for you. If you are already a lawyer but want to transition into doing more immigration work… you get the picture.

The course costs £500 + VAT for Free Movement members, and £600 + VAT for non-members. Non-members can of course sign up as members, starting at just £22 per month plus VAT.

Why should you take this course?

Our approach of guided learning, self-study, a structured course and small group seminars over a four week period offers a much better and more relaxed learning environment than a compacted crammer course. It gives you the chance to think about what you are learning and digest the material you cover. We offer you the best opportunity to really understand how immigration law works and to pass the OISC level 1 exams.

All of our OISC level 1 online tutored courses so far have sold out and feedback has been excellent.

What will you get if you sign up?

This course will be led by Jasmine Quiller-Doust, Training Manager of Free Movement and an experienced immigration law solicitor. As well as genuinely expert tuition, you’ll get:

  • Eight small group seminars (maximum of 10 trainees) spread over four weeks
  • Access to our best-in-class online materials
  • Additional materials reinforcing key learning points
  • An opportunity to discuss scenarios based on real life immigration problems similar to the questions you will face in the OISC level 1 exam
  • Marking of and feedback on your mock exam paper
  • A certificate of completion

Course syllabus

The course is spread over four weeks, but there is a lot of material to cover. You will study our online materials between sessions. In total, we estimate the online course takes 20 hours of self-study. Therefore, there is an average of two and a half hours of preparation for each session.

Session 1: Introduction to immigration law and visitor visas

You’ll start with the sources of immigration law in the UK, including the Immigration Rules. We delve into the different immigration categories and how to make an immigration application. The second half of the session looks at the rules around visitor visas (known commonly as “tourist visas”) and how to make a successful application.

Session 2: Family visas, private life, long residence and returning residents

Next you turn to the requirements for joining family members in the UK, along with the rules on mandatory evidence. We will also look at how people can stay in the UK permanently by acquiring indefinite leave to remain status, and how that status can be lost and re-acquired.

Session 3: Asylum and protection

No course on the UK immigration system is complete without at least an introduction to refugee law and the asylum process. Our case studies focus on different aspects of a refugee’s journey and the support available for people who enter the asylum system. We also look at what other forms of protection are available where an asylum claimant is not considered to meet the definition of a refugee. This includes humanitarian protection and permission to stay on human rights grounds.

Session 4: British nationality

We’ll look at how British nationality is obtained by children and adults. We will consider the key provisions of the British Nationality Act 1981, the requirements that have to be met, and how to use the accompanying Home Office caseworker guidance documents to prepare an application.

Session 5: EU Settlement Scheme

This session explains the situation for EU nationals and their family members following Brexit. We will look at the different statuses that can be acquired (including settled and pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme and the limited grounds on which a late application can be made, since the deadlines have now all past.

Session 6: Working and studying in the UK

Next we turn to the business immigration visa categories, including the highly skilled migrant routes, the skilled worker and other sponsored migrant routes and the temporary work routes. We also look at how foreign students can come to the UK to undertake an educational course and whether the partner and/or children of work and study visa applicants are able to accompany them to the UK.

Session 7: Refusals, remedies, detention and deportation

It is always important to consider why applications may be refused and the remedies that might be available. We will discuss the immigration tribunal system for appeals and other means of challenging immigration decisions such as administrative review and reconsideration requests. The second half of this session provides an introduction to immigration enforcement; covering detention, bail, administrative removal and deportation.

Session 8: Ethics, competence and exam preparation

The final session covers the key ethical principles of immigration law practice and the OISC Code of Standards. We look at when to refer a case to a higher level adviser and signposting, and other key skills required by immigration advisers at Level 1. The second half of this session looks at the format of the exam, along with exam tips and techniques.

After the final session, trainees can put what they’ve learnt to practice and complete the mock exam. We will then mark it and provide every trainee with feedback.


Only ten places are available on each course and we sell these on a first-come-first-served basis. All of our previous courses have sold out. The cost is £500 + VAT for members, and £600 + VAT for non-members. If you are already a member, please make sure you are logged in to your Free Movement account before booking.


Refund policy

We understand that circumstances can change. Cancellation and refund is possible with no questions asked up to 7 days before the course is due to begin. After that, if you wish to cancel we will refund your payment in full as long as we are able to book somebody else onto the course to take your place.

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Members price:

£500 + VAT

Non-members price:

£600 + VAT

Date: 7 May 2024
Duration: 4 weeks
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Sessions take place over Zoom. Trainees will receive a course guide containing information on how to prepare for the first session a week before the course is due to start.

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What do people say about our online OISC level 1 training?

Detailed but not overwhelming. The examples where good and illustrated complex parts well. The quiz at the end was very good.

Ana Hart UK Visas

Well written and exam focused.

Muhammad Bilal

I thought the test questions were helpful. The language used was clear. The visuals for more complicated parts of the rules were great.

Katharine Higgs

Very clear language, useful examples, links to relevant further information, legislation, etc.

Moira McCombe

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