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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
15.5 Law and Legal Services
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002597
Price:
£135.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
4000868X

Qualification Summary

The Diploma provides learners with a wide choice of units to support progression into law degree programmes. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the English legal system, including the way that laws are made, the role of the courts of law, the legal system itself including legal professions, contract law and the Law of Tort.

Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to law, with some variety of choice to include units which may be of specific interest if the learner has an interest in criminology as a progression route. Optional units include sentencing, sociology of crime and deviance, analysing truth and deception, the psychology of criminal investigation and theories of criminal behaviour and learners have the opportunity to research an aspect of law which is of particular interest.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory communication unit, linked to speaking and listening which is a vital skill for any legal professional. A unit related to optimising performance in exams is an optional ungraded unit to help learners prepare for the exams that they may face on a law degree programme.


Why choose this qualification?

The Diploma provides learners with a wide choice of units to support progression into law degree programmes. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the English legal system, including the way that laws are made, the role of the courts of law, the legal system itself including legal professions, contract law and the Law of Tort.

Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to law, with some variety of choice to include units which may be of specific interest if the learner has an interest in criminology as a progression route. Optional units include sentencing, sociology of crime and deviance, analysing truth and deception, the psychology of criminal investigation and theories of criminal behaviour and learners have the opportunity to research an aspect of law which is of particular interest.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory communication unit, linked to speaking and listening which is a vital skill for any legal professional. A unit related to optimising performance in exams is an optional ungraded unit to help learners prepare for the exams that they may face on a law degree programme.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 24 credits from the Mandatory Graded group, a maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Graded Research group, and 12 credits from the Optional Graded unit group.


Units

Graded Units: Research

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Legal Environment - Research/Extended Essay

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007328
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Research Skills for Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026040
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 24 credits from this group.

Basic Principles of Criminal Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010466
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Contract Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025611
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Courts of Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025473
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Introduction to Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007316
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The Law of Tort

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025872
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The Legal System in England

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025462
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Optional Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Analysing Truth and Deception

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019961
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Crimes of Violence

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025844
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Criminal Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025876
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Human Rights for the Twenty-First Century

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010482
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Introduction to Criminology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018992
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Introduction to Policing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU019969
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Introduction to the Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006605
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Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007810
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018417
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Sentencing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010476
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The Psychology of Criminal Investigation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019963
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Theories of Criminal Behaviour

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006321
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.

Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Presentation Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018352
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025402
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Intended learner groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have studied law in the past, so they may need to develop their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


How this diploma meets learners' needs

The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of skills related to the legal system will be acquired, whilst the underpinning skills within the ungraded units will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto relevant degrees.


What this diploma covers

The units will allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. speaking and listening skills which are highly relevant to roles within the legal profession.


Delivery methods

• Face to face
• Blended learning
• Work placements would also be beneficial.

Basic Principles of Criminal Law unit is delivered before Criminal Law. The mandatory units should be delivered before the optional units as the mandatory units form a good basis on which to build knowledge to underpin the optional unit choices.

Assessment methods include: Written questions and answer, reports, exam, literature review, SWOT analysis, projects, worksheets, case studies, annotated court diagram, presentation, poster, self-reflection.


Successful completion criteria

Learners will require maths and English at GCSE level to progress onto a degree course. This is not a requirement of successful completion of the Diploma.

Progression routes

Progression routes are into law degrees:
• Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB)
• BA (Hons) Criminology and Law
• BSc (Hons) Psychology and Law
• Foundation Degree in Law/Law and Social Science

Law degrees may also be combined with such subjects as International Politics, Commercial Law, Environmental Law, European Law, Politics and International Relations.

There are also new apprenticeship standards for the legal profession and progression may be onto one of these standards. Relevant standards include:
• Level 7 Solicitor
• Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive.


Provider approval criteria

No specific requirements.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:

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