Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The Pre-Access Diploma in Further Study in Law is intended to support progression to an Access to HE Diploma in a related area.
The Diploma will provide learners with a firm foundation in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding of law, while at the same time giving them the opportunity to develop and practice their study skills. Individuals will have the chance to practise producing written work in the format expected when progressing to an Access to HE Diploma and to experience the same approach to assessment, making the learner better prepared for further study.
Each of the pre-Access qualifications has a single mandatory, graded unit which requires learners to complete an extended project in their chosen sector or subject. Learners can then choose the remaining units from a range of optional ungraded units, selecting those that match their interests and best fit with their planned progression route. They may also select a unit in effective learning skills, if they need an additional focus on these skills.
The Certificate and Diploma in Further Study in Law will support progression to Access to HE Diplomas including Law, Law and Business, Law and Criminology and Justice and Crime Prevention.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve a minimum of 39 credits with 6 credits taken from the Mandatory Group (M), and the remaining credits from the Optional Group (O).
Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit totalling 6 credits.
Learners must achieve a minimum of 33 credits from this group.
Communication in Law
Crime and Society
English Courts and Processes
Equal Opportunities, Prejudice and Discrimination
Introduction to English Law
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Self-Employment
Introduction to Sociology
Law in Action: Criminal Law
Law in Action: Tort
Legal Requirements for Business
People in the Law
Planning a Career in Law
Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace
Sources of English Law
Understanding Retail Consumer Law
Understanding the Restorative Justice Process
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The primary purpose of this qualification is to support you to progress to a higher level vocational qualification, specifically an Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma relating to law.
This qualification is designed for adult learners who are aspiring to higher education, lack the necessary qualifications to apply for a degree course but are not yet ready to embark on a preparatory Level 3 qualification, such as an Access to HE Diploma.
The Diploma will provides a firm foundation in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding of the law, while at the same time giving an opportunity to develop and practise study skills. Leaners will have the chance to practise producing written work in the format expected at the next level, eg progress to an Access to HE Diploma and to experience the same approach to assessment, making learners better prepared for further study.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification includes one mandatory unit:
• Law project
Learners must then select further units from a list of optional units. These include knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to all the possible progression routes from the Diploma, e.g.
• Introduction to English law
• Courts and processes
• People working in the law
Learners can also choose units which are specific to the particular pathway you are planning, e.g.
• Family law
• Legal requirements for business
• Crime and society.
Learners can also decide to take a unit, ‘Effective Learning’, which provides an opportunity to focus explicitly on developing the study skills needed to succeed on an Access to HE Diploma and on a degree course.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
The Diploma in Preparing for Further Study in Law (as opposed to the Certificate of the same title) is particularly suitable if you have been advised that you would benefit from an extended Level 2 course before moving on to an Access to HE Diploma.
There is a Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Preparing for Further Study in Education. The Certificate will be appropriate for most learners preparing to progress to an Access to HE Diploma. However you should take the Diploma if you have been advised that you would benefit from a significant period of time developing your knowledge, skills and understanding at Level 2 before progressing to an Access to HE Diploma, perhaps because you have been out of learning for a long while or are studying in English for the first time.
Progression & entry requirementsThere are no specific entry requirements, in the form of prior qualifications or levels of attainment, for this qualification. However, if at the start of the course learners have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths (in the form of functional skills or GCSE), they should be offered the opportunity to include English and maths in their programme alongside the Diploma in Preparing for Further Study in Law. Learners must be aged 18 or over to take this qualification. Depending on the combination of optional units learners could progress to an Access to HE Diploma in any of the following areas: • Law • Law and Business • Justice and Crime Prevention • Law and Criminology
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