This is the ideal course for you if you want to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to work as a legal secretary within the legal profession. As a student on the programme you will learn how to work effectively in a legal environment, and how to cope with the administrative requirements of the role. You will also develop key text production and audio skills which will enable you to produce accurate legal documents at a good typing speed. In addition, you will learn English proofreading skills in the legal environment, which will develop your core English skills including punctuation and grammar.

A work experience unit is built into the course whereby students can use the skills they have developed in a real-world legal environment.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a respected training provider within the legal secretary field. Chartered Institute of Legal Executive courses are valued by prospective employers in the industry.

Aims of the course

Legal Text Processing

Legal Audio Processing

Working in the Legal Environment

English Proofreading in the Legal Environment

Assessment Method

Assessment is via a combination of two in-house examinations and one externally marked exam. You will also complete a wide range of internally marked assignments.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of this course you will be able to gain employment as a legal secretary or within a legal administrative section within a business, law firm or the court system. You will also be able to progress to the Cilex Level 3 Legal Secretary Diploma Course.

Career Options

As a fully qualified legal secretary and will be able to work within a law firm, legal chambers and court administration environment. You will also be able to study further legal qualifications including the Level 3 Legal Secretary Diploma or the Legal Studies Diploma.

What can I earn in business, accounting and law?

When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you choose to study for a qualification in business, accounting or law, you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression ? and a top salary in your sights. For example:

Financial project managers start on around £29,000 a year and can earn up to £50,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Business administrators start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £39,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Legal secretaries start on around £24,000 and can earn up to £35,000 with 3-4 years' experience

If you're interested in a career in business, accounting or law, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above


The course is delivered through a combination of lessons, workshops and external visits to UK legal courts and legal exhibitions.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location below.



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £633 p/ year
24+ £633 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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