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 requirements
There 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 and Business
• Justice and Crime Prevention
• Law and Criminology