- Progression and Careers
- Entry Requirements
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- Registration and Applying
For those who are aiming to study law, humanities or related subjects at university, this course is a valuable stepping stone. The intensive one-year programme gives you the opportunity to learn about the key aspects of law and improve your study skills ? including your written academic English and research techniques ? in order to gain the confidence and experience you need to successfully apply for a degree course. The course includes an introduction to the English legal system, criminal law, contract law and study skills. On successful completion of the course, you will receive an OCN Level 3 Diploma ? Access to Higher Education (Law).
Aims of the course
To prepare students for progression to university to study law/law related/humanities related courses, for example law, business, politics, sociology, English, history, criminology, social work and probation services, and journalism (as well as combinations).
All units on the course are mandatory
Assessment is based on written course work, oral presentations, report writing, group/team work, observations on visits/trips/talks/experiences, self-evaluation (reflective journals), peer evaluation and tests.
This course can lead onto a degree or foundation degree in subjects like law, humanities, social science, business or related topics.
Completion of a degree in law can lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister (subject to completion of additional vocational qualifications and relevant training). A degree in law or a related humanities/social sciences subject can lead to careers in legal and compliance, banking, journalism, teaching, social work, law enforcement, and probation & prison services.
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
You must be at least 19 years old. GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grades A*-C or equivalent, plus a substantial Level 2 qualification in a related subject, is preferred. However individuals who do not have these qualifications but can demonstrate the necessary skills are encouraged to apply.
Lessons will be delivered using a variety of techniques, eg workshops, group discussions, guest speakers, talks, lectures, using e-resources (blended learning), as well as self -reflection and visits (eg the courts, Parliament, law firms). Students will be given extra academic and essay writing support during one-to-one 'law clinics' and in class sessions. During tutorials students will also receive pastoral as well as academic support. In addition students can access a variety of student services for academic and non-academic needs/goals.
As stated above you will be able to access a full range of academic and non-academic support to ensure you enjoy the course and achieve on it.
Do I need to register?
You will be advised (step by step) on how to apply for university places on commencement of the course.
Process for Application
The application process begins with consideration of your written application, relevant qualifications as well as consideration of references. This will be followed by an interview and assessments for English as well as maths.