Access to HE Diploma in Law

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Course introduction

You can achieve your aim of going to university to study Law thanks to this Access course, which will enable you to think like a practising lawyer.

As a student you will develop higher-level analytical skills that you will combine with practical problem-solving methods, giving you a solid foundation for your future studies.

Importantly, you will evidence your newfound abilities by applying the law to realistic scenarios and describing processes and outcomes succinctly in formal written responses.

This challenging subject can open doors to a number of different careers and encompasses many transferable skills that are valued by employers.

Why choose Brock for Access to HE Diploma in Law?

At Brock we provide specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into education.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, and a dedicated Progression Advisor to assist you with your UCAS application, are all part of the Brock support package.

We will also help you build your knowledge and skills, helping you become a more confident self-directed learner who can make the switch to higher education relatively easily.

Teaching & learning

We combine proven teaching methods with a focus on fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter in order to help you reach your learning objectives.

You will engage in a range of learning activities, including: writing essays, delivering presentations, examining case studies and participating class discussions.

In addition, we will encourage you to read around your subject to enhance your understanding and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations, helping you become a more independent learner.

Course structure

The qualification comprises 60 credits, all at Level 3. Fifty-four credits are for academic content and six are for study skills.

Here is a breakdown of the study units:

1. Law

An introduction to law-making will be followed by a study of the English legal system and human rights law. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

2. Sociology

Following an introduction to Sociology you will study the features of social organisation and the differences between societies. You will then study key sociological theories. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

3. English

After an introduction to English Language and English Literature as subjects, you will study a range of texts.  You will also have an opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

4. Academic Writing

This unit will give you the writing skills you need to perform well at university. It also covers effective research, referencing and essay planning.

5. Study Skills

Picking up effective study skills such as time management and organisation is covered thoroughly by this unit. Study Skills will also help you with your UCAS application and university interviews.

Minimum entry requirements

Most universities require Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above. You should achieve these grades before starting an Access course.

Access to Higher Education is aimed solely at students aged 19+ who want to go to university and is accepted by universities for their courses.

How will I be assessed?


  • Coursework
  • Independent research
  • Exam

What can I do with this qualification?

Studying Law is not just for people who want to become solicitors or barristers.

Indeed, this qualification can also lead to other roles, including: paralegal, legal executive, probation officer, local government officer, civil servant, private investigator and journalist.

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