Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Law
The CIE accredited course aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the nature and sources of law and legal principles. It aims to introduce to you the some of the legal and ethical knowledge and skills required to study law. This is an excellent course to use as a springboard for our more advanced legal courses, and is an excellent foundation for anyone interested in the fascinating area of law.
The course will provide you with a broad understanding of the structure and functions of the English legal system. You will explore the system and hierarchy of the courts within England and Wales. You will be introduced to the primary sources of English law and you will consider the role of lawyers who operate within the legal system. The course will enable you to identify and apply ethical issues which arise in the legal system and the legal profession. It will encourage you to become reflective learners and to recognise the importance of self-reflection in your studies. In short, this level 3 course is an interesting and dynamic introduction to the English legal system and legal profession
Module 1 - What is law?
There are many definitions of what ‘law’ actually is; for example is it:
A system of rules (HLA Hart)
A body of principles (Ronald Dworkin)
Or, A system of oppression (Karl Marx)
This first module explores where the law comes from, tracing it from its origins in the Norma Conquest through to modern day. It explores the importance of judge made precedent, as well as discussing the passing of law by domestic Parliament.
Module 2 – The courts and legal professions
This module explores the ‘People of Law’, and discusses the role that solicitors and barristers play in the overall process. It also explores the role and responsibility of the various levels of judges, ranging from the Magistrate right up to the Law Lords of the Supreme Court. The role of the juror in criminal cases is also analysed here, and there is an in-depth discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of including lay people in the legal process in the UK.
This module also explores the hierarchy of the courts in the United Kingdom, and discusses why such a hierarchy is important in how cases are decided. It deals with the criminal and civil court structure, which has contrasting functions in how cases are decided, as well as the European Courts and employment tribunals.
Module 3 – Introduction to the Law of Contract (1)
There is wide spread public opinion that contracts are only formal legal documents which are officially signed and witnessed, and that it is only when you have these types of documents that you can be bound in law. This is wrong. This module will demonstrate that you may be making contracts all the time, probably without even noticing it, for example when you use a vending machine. Essentially, a contract can be seen as a promise between two or more parties to perform or not to perform a duty. This promise, if breached, can give rise to a remedy in court.
This module will explore the above definition in more detail, and identify the main principles which need to be found before a contract will have binding validity. These are that there must be:
An offer, as opposed to an invitation to treat
An acceptance of that specific offer
Intention to create legal relations
Module 4 – Contract Law Concepts (2)
This module delves deeper into the law of contract, and explores what happens when terms are negated or breached. It examines matters such as when a mistake is made, or when a misrepresentation is made during contractual negotiations. It also discusses how exclusion clauses can be applied validly within a contract, and when they are forbidden from being employed. It also explores remedies that the court might award if a contract is breached by a part, such as damages.
Module 5 – Introduction to Land Law (1)
The one certain thing is that, at some point, you will come across some elements of land law, whether this be renting or owning your own property. This module explores some of the concepts associated with land ownership, for example the difference between real and personal property. The module discusses what the difference are between fixtures and chattels in a property – one of the more interesting and very necessary arguments in land law with some very interesting case law decisions!
This module explores the different types of legal estate that can be held in land: freehold, leasehold and commonhold, and explores the different rights and responsibilities that are attributed to each.
Module 6 – Land law and the conveyancing process
You are certain to have encountered some part of conveyancing, whether that be with your own property or a family member’s property. The main focus of this module explores the conveyancing system of England and Wales i.e. the buying and selling of land and property between parties. This module explores legislation and relevant sections that are attributed to difference sections of the process.
This module builds on your knowledge of the former module by exploring relevant land law principles, such as covenants and easements over land. It goes on to explore how land can be held jointly, by exploring co-ownership principles.
Module 7 – The Law of Succession
This module explores how a person’s estate is administered after they die, for example, it discusses the role of an executor and the rights of a beneficiary.
It examines the advantages of making a will, and discusses the legal formalities that are required for making it valid in the eyes of the law, for example with the use of witnesses. It goes on to explore the different types of gifts and legacies that a person can leave in a will, and what happens if a gift fails.
This module explores what happens if someone dies who has not made a will. This is called ‘dying intestate’ and there are separate rules for if this happens, called the Intestacy Rules.
Module 8 – The Law of Torts
This module examines the law of torts in detail. The word ‘tort’ comes from the French meaning ‘wrong’, and that is essentially what the law of tort entails. It falls under the branch of civil law, and can be defined as a wrong being committed by one individual against another.
The main part of this module examines the law of negligence, and in particular explores the concept of a ‘duty of care’ between individuals. It goes on to examine the ‘neighbour principle’ which was established by the well-known case involving a snail and some ginger beer, Donoghue v Stevenson 1932.
This module examines the acts that constitutes negligence, but also explores where omissions will satisfy the requirements. This module concludes by exploring defences that may be employed by a defendant, such as contributory negligence.
Module 9 – Consumer Rights
This is always a popular module, as it explores the rights that a consumer may have against companies who supply unsatisfactory goods that are not fit for purpose – an essential element if you are someone who likes to assert their rights!
It examines in detail relevant legislation to the topic, such as the Sale of Goods Act 1979, as well as some interesting European legislation. It also explores similar provisions for where there is a supply of services, rather than a sale of goods.
Module 10 – Introduction to Criminal Law
This module deals with the exciting topic of criminal law. This is by far one of the more engaging modules, as it deals with some interesting, and often gruesome, case law.
This module explores what constitutes a crime, discussing what the meaning of an actus reus (the physical element of a crime) and the mens rea (the mental element of a crime).
It discussed how a crime is investigated and the rights that a person might have if they are arrested or accused at a police station. It includes a brief discussion of the rights under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
This module explores homicide, and discusses the offences of murder and manslaughter, and the differences between the two levels of culpability. It also explores partial defences to murder, such as loss of control, diminished responsibility and insanity.
It is suggested that students should 16 years of age and above, as the course can be demanding. However, the College is open to individuals who are able to demonstrate the required skills to complete the course.
Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.
Approximately 20 hours per unit
How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed by two assessments; one situated half way through the course and one at the conclusion of your studies. Each assessment will consist of two or three tasks designed to test your understanding of the course content, as well as understanding the theoretical and practical implications of the legal system.
Diploma in Employment Law
Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma.
You will be provided with individual support is provided by your personal tutor for the duration of the course (1 year).
Certification upon completion. All examination fees.