International Access Programme

ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law is a 60-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a law degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required. The qualification provides learners with an introduction to law and the legal system as well as key academic, research and communication skills to support learners in their development.

The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Law environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Law.

This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite. Extending the learning to more than one qualification will increase knowledge, understanding and the development of a range of study skills. It will also increase the total number of credits achieved so learners are more qualified to access higher education, higher level apprenticeships or employment.

At a glance:

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
  • Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the latest Qualifications catalogue
  • Progression to a bachelor degree at a range of university partners – www.athe.co.uk/progression
  • 600 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year or 4 months
  • Designed with support from universities
  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.

Units

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units. To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

The English Legal System
This unit provides an overview of the English Legal System to prepare learners for more substantive study in areas of English Law.

Legal Terminology and Communication
This unit develops learners’ skills and how to present information in a legal context.

Contract Law
This unit will introduce learners to the principles and key elements of contract law.

Academic and Research Skills for Law
This unit develops academic research skills and the language skills needed to be able to formally present academic research in a legal context.

Progression Routes

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of our partner universities. For more information on ATHE university top-ups click here.

Entry Criteria

Age: 16 +
Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

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