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What GCSE’s Do I Need To Be A Lawyer?


Figuring out what GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) you need to take to become a lawyer can be confusing. There are so many pathways and qualifications that it can be hard to know where to start.

But do you know it’s not as complicated once you have the proper guidance? It’s why our Law summer school students have firm confidence in their next steps in education. We ensure they know the best path according to their personal goals. 

In addition, we’ve created this article to help clarify things for you. After reading this straightforward article, you’ll know what GCSEs you need to become a lawyer.

What GCSEs Do You Need to Be a Lawyer?

There is no specific set of GCSEs that you must have in order to become a lawyer in the UK. It is generally recommended that aspiring lawyers have a good foundation in English, mathematics, and a science or social science subject, as these subjects can help develop important skills such as critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving

When applying for a Law degree at a top university or for a Law conversion course, your GCSEs won’t be the main event. Unlike your A-Levels and personal statement.  

However, your GCSEs will help you stand out. So the goal is to achieve the highest possible scores. How many GCSEs do you need? A minimum of five, including the following, required subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

What grades should you aim for? At least C. At best? Grab that A*! 

Aside from the required GCSE subjects, what other GCSEs are helpful for Law?

  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language

Do You Need Maths for Law?

Yes, because Maths is one of the required GCSEs regardless if you’re applying for a Law degree or any other.  

There you have it! You’ll need to take English, Maths, and Science for your GCSEs. Other helpful subjects include History, Geography, and a Modern Foreign Language. 


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