The Diploma for Legal Secretaries is the perfect course for you if you want to strengthen your knowledge and skills in core aspects to the industry. As a student on the programme, you will learn about Business skills in the Legal Environment ? this examines all of the administration aspects of a legal office.

You will also gain the necessary skills to produce legal documents ? this is tested by both a Legal Text Processing and Legal Audio skills unit through which you will develop your typing skills and ability to text produce accurate legal documents.

You will also learn English Proofreading skills in the Legal Environment which will develop punctuation, sentence construction and spelling skills.

You will also learn the core aspects of Law within the Legal Studies unit and undertake a Work Experience unit using the skills developed on the course in a working legal environment.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a respected training provider within the Legal Secretary field. This course is valued by prospective Employers in the industry.

Aims of the course

To provide students with the core legal secretarial skills and legal knowledge for gaining employment within the legal sector.

Unit Breakdown

Legal Text Processing

Legal Audio Processing

Business skills in the Legal Environment

English Proofreading in the Legal Environment

Legal Studies Unit

The Legal Environment

Principles of Criminal Liability

Principles of Contract Liability

Principles of Negligence

Assessment Method

Assessment is via a combination of two external exams, one paper based and the other is an online test. You will also complete two in-house exams and a range of internally marked assignments.

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, your skills will be well-suited to jobs in the legal secretarial and administrative fields. You will also be able to use the course as a gateway to university as the course carries UCAS points. Also, you will be able to study for a Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, or a Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Career Options

You will be a fully qualified Legal Secretary and will be able to work within a Legal Firm, Legal Chambers and Court Administration Environment. You will also be able to study further via the Cilex route to eventually become a Chartered Legal Executive. A further option is progression to university using the UCAS points.

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 A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 2 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 Southwark
Day/Eve Evening
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 £1,987 p/ year
24+ £1,987 p/ year
International £4,320 p/ year


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