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Level 5 Accredited Diploma in Law

Subject code: L5LS

Level 5 Accredited Diploma: Law Studies

This level 5 qualification provides students with a solid grounding in a wide range of legal matters. The carefully selected units have been developed to give students a thorough understanding of key aspects of both civil and criminal law. Additionally, the course develops students reasoning and research skills. This international qualification can be used for both personal, as well as professional development.

Syllabus and Unit Specification:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Law

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

This first unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Law Studies course aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research related to the study of Law using ICT skills, so that they can begin to compile their own resource list and also prepare themselves for further and more complex activities later in the course

1 Applications of ICT in the study of Law

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.

2 ePortfolio constructs

  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

3 Independent web based research

  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within Law studies
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing

  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills
  • Reflective writing skills and practice
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment

Unit 2: Defining Law

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this next unit of the BTEC Law Studies course is to give learners an opportunity to explore society requirements for law, and to examine the boundaries of behaviour which relate to the rules of law. This unit is an introduction to the processes and concepts of law and provides learners with an opportunity to evaluate the basis of legislative processes related to the needs and requirements of a society

Unit content

1 Law provision in a society

  • Boundaries of behaviour within a society – need and reality
  • Problem solving rational of law provision
  • Individual rights and freedoms

2 Public and private law

  • Public law - criminal, institutional, constitutional, legislative, judicial, social welfare issues
  • Private law - Tort, family law, contract law

3 The origins of law

  • Common law
  • Historical contexts
  • Courts
  • Trials
  • Ownership
  • Feudal systems and the monarchy

4 Development of equitable practice

  • Curia Regis
  • Court of Exchequer
  • Court of Assize
  • Court of Common Please
  • Court of King’s Bench
  • The problems with common law

Unit 3: Sources of Law: Case law: Judicial law

Level: H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study judicial precedent and its origins. Learners will also be given an opportunity to learn about the effects of law reporting on precedent and its relationship to legislative processes and court structure, operation and objectives

Unit content

1 Historical origins of judicial precedent

  • The Judicature Acts of 1873 to 1875
  • Stare Decisis principle
  • The European Courts of Justice
  • House of Lords
  • Court of Appeal
  • Divisional courts
  • High court and Queen ’s Bench
  • Persuasive precedent
  • Overruling
  • Law reporting

2 Types of legislation

  • Statute law
  • Primary legislation
  • How an Act of Parliament becomes law
  • The problems with legislative process
  • Delegated legislation
  • Orders and statutory instruments

3 Magistrate and crown courts

  • Magistrate’s court - roles and responsibilities, bail applications, warrants, summary trials, indictment, administrative hearings, summary offences, crown prosecution Service
  • Crown court - structure, role and responsibilities, offence classes, tier system, the jury process

4 Civil courts

  • Historical origins
  • Fast track and multi-track procedures
  • Small claims

Unit 4: Roles and Responsibilities

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to examine individual roles and responsibilities of court personnel related to historical precedent, origins and offence class

Unit content

1 Role of the magistrate

  • History
  • Role and responsibility
  • Appointment process and eligibility criteria
  • Training
  • Criticism of process

2 Role of the jury

  • Historical origins
  • Roles and responsibility (individual and collective)
  • The Juries Act 1974
  • The Criminal Justice Act 2003
  • Eligibility and selection
  • Advantages and disadvantages of jury systems

3 Tribunals

  • Historical contexts
  • Structure
  • Functions
  • Advantages and disadvantages of tribunal systems

4 Legal personnel

  • Solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers, the legal service ombudsman, legal executives, judges, salaried magistrates, justice clerks

Unit 5: Law Practices: The Contract

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study contract law, together with the application of contract terms. Learners will also be encouraged to evaluate the case precedent and leading cases presented within the unit and explore the influences these have on current contract law practices

Unit content

1 Contract offer and validity

  • Obligation and process
  • Leading case evaluation
  • Goods in shop windows, supermarkets, advertisements and media, actions and tenders
  • Contract validity

2 Contract acceptance

  • Rules and regulations of acceptance
  • Acceptance routes
  • Processes of acceptance
  • Case precedent and leading cases

3 Intention to create legal relations

  • Validity
  • Binding agreements
  • Case precedent
  • Contractual obligations
  • Representation
  • Warranties
  • Leading case evaluation

4 Exemption and exclusion clauses

  • Common law rulings
  • Case precedent
  • Legislation
  • Contractual defect clauses
  • Ending contract terms

Unit 6: Law Practices: Property Law and the Law of Succession

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to examine the principles and practices of property law and succession. Learners will be encouraged to explore the historical origins of succession and property law and relate changes to modern society.

Unit content

1 Historical origins

  • Concepts of ownership
  • Legal rights
  • Case law
  • Property Acts
  • Real and personal property
  • Symbolism of land ownership

2 Possession

  • Right of Seisin
  • Law of Property Act 1925
  • Freehold and leasehold
  • Leading cases
  • Fixtures and fittings

3 Freeholder and leaseholder rights

  • Freehold - planning and development, covenants and restrictions, registration of land, aims of land registry, legislative process (Mirror, Curtain and Insurance principles), title absolute, conveyance transactions, joint ownership, easements, adverse possession
  • Leasehold – definition, covenants, registration, tenure, conveyance transactions

4 Law of Succession

  • History and definition
  • Wills and intestacy
  • Legal processes and validation
  • Forms of will
  • Witness and alteration
  • Compliance and formalities
  • Types of legacy

Unit 7: Law Practices: Consumer Law

Level H1

Learning Hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore consumer law and how this has developed since the 1974 Consumer Credit Act. Learners will also be given the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of consumer scenarios and evaluate case law and precedent relating to rights and protection

Unit content

1 Consumer protection

  • Legislation
  • Leading cases
  • Exclusion clauses
  • Protection, rights, safeguards

2 Rights relating to property

  • Unattended property
  • Squatters
  • Neighbouring land
  • Consumer related rights and protection

3 Boundary issues

  • Case precedent
  • The land owner as a consumer
  • Land registry rulings

4 Conservation and preservation

  • Definition of conservation and preservation
  • Legislation
  • Conservation
  • Preservation

Unit 8: Introduction to the Law of Torts and Criminal Law

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore tortuous acts and damage, and to examine historical case law related to this. The unit also provides learners with an opportunity to study criminal law principles in outline and to evaluate case precedent related to offence categories

Unit content

1 Historic origins of Tort

  • French origins of Tort
  • Tortious acts and damage
  • Negligence perspectives
  • Case law evaluation

2 Duty of care owed

  • General principles
  • Liability in Tort
  • Defences in Tort
  • Rescue cases
  • Acts of God

3 Criminal law principles

  • The rights of offenders
  • Defining crime
  • Chain of causation
  • Mens Rea

4 Crimes and offences

  • Offences against the person – homicide, murder, manslaughter
  • Defences to committing a crime – insanity, automatism, intoxication, duress and error
  • Case law and precedent evaluation

Unit 9: Employment Law part 1

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate contractual and case precedent related to employment law and implementation of laws.

Unit content

1 Contractual precedent

  • Conditions of employment and offer
  • Position of minors
  • Contract considerations and amendments
  • European perspectives – Treaty of Amsterdam, EU contract framework, the influences of EU law

2 Case law precedent

  • The Organisation/Integration Test case law
  • The Reality Test case law
  • Work status

3 Contract of employment

  • Terms and conditions
  • Content
  • Duties of employee
  • Duty of cooperation
  • Duty of mutual trust and confidence
  • Fidelity, loyalty and cooperation
  • Case law and case study analysis and evaluation

4 Employer responsibilities

  • Payment of contractual remuneration
  • Provision of work
  • Maintenance of mutual trust and confidence
  • Common law of negligence
  • Legislation
  • Case law evaluation

Unit 10: Employment Law Part 2

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore legal processes involved in termination of employment contracts, dismissal and redundancy and hours of work. Learners will also be given an opportunity to evaluate case law and historical precedent which has emerged over the last century and consider influences on employment and employment law

Unit content

1 Terminating contracts

  • Operation of law
  • Mutual agreements
  • Frustrations of contract
  • Doctrines, case law and case studies
  • Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Fixed term contracts

2 Employment dismissal

  • Legislation and case law
  • Damages and compensation
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Capability and qualifications linked to dismissal
  • Conduct linked to dismissal

3 Redundancy

  • Statutory restriction
  • Substantive reasoning
  • Remedies in law
  • Transfer undertakings
  • Legislation
  • Cessation of business
  • Case law and precedent

4 Remuneration and working hours

  • Work patterns
  • The minimum wage and general remuneration
  • Pay statements, methods of payment, deductions and over/underpayments
  • Legislation and case law
  • Working times, opt outs, special cases, annual leave, rest periods

Unit 11: Discrimination within the employment relationship

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this Law Studies unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore examine and evaluate discrimination form legal perspectives and to develop knowledge and understanding of influencing and contributing factors relating to human rights and current legislative reform

Unit content

1 Historical origins

  • Human Rights declaration
  • Articles of Treaties
  • Directives
  • Case law and precedent

2 European convention on Human Rights

  • Core objectives
  • Inclusions – sex discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, direct and indirect discrimination, pregnancy, sexual harassment
  • The burden of proof
  • Vicarious liability

3 Race

  • The Race Relations Act 1976
  • Defining race discrimination
  • Case law and precedent
  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • Remedial strategies of law

4 Disability

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995, 2005
  • Historical perspectives and development of law
  • The Disability Rights Commission
  • Defining disability in law

Unit 12: The European and collective dimensions

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the development of European law and consider the influences and impacts on modern society and current legal positions as EU member state. The European perspective will be applied to examples of employment law and industrial conflicts and comparisons drawn to historical law practices

Unit content

1 European Union

  • Historical background
  • ECSC Treaty
  • Marshall Plan
  • Development of the treaties
  • Aims and objectives of EU law
  • UK membership
  • Form of EU law
  • European Court of Justice

2 Council of Europe

  • Historical origins and formation
  • European Convention and ratification of articles
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Human Rights Act
  • Statute of Provisions
  • International Labour organisation

3 Collective aspects

  • Trade Union history and background
  • Case law
  • Acts
  • The Donavon Commission
  • TU status, rights and membership
  • Collective bargaining and EU influence

4 Industrial action

  • Aims and objectives
  • Processes
  • Case law
  • Humanitarian perspective
  • Statutory provision

Unit 13: Health and Safety Law part 1

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study the principles and practices of health and safety law implementation. Learners will be encourages to independently research and analyse current law reforms and draw comparisons to historical precedent

Unit content

1 Statutory frameworks

  • Employee status and employment course
  • Health and safety law applicable to public and private situations and environments
  • Examples of torts
  • Case law

2 Indemnity

  • Implied terms
  • Common law
  • Historical origins
  • Health and safety provisions in law
  • Law reforms

3 Current health and safety law

  • Review of current health and safety laws
  • Legal flux and its implications
  • Negligence related to health and safety provision of law

4 Legislation

  • Factories Act 1961
  • HASAWA 1974
  • Various health and safety acts relating to individual and diverse environments and practices
  • Role and responsibilities of HSE
  • The influence of European Community

Unit 14: Health and Safety Law Part 2

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to expand knowledge and understanding of health and safety law related to consumer dimensions and product liabilities. Learners are encouraged to conduct independent research into current health and safety law related to everyday life and analyse statute and leading cases to evaluate impacts and influences on law reform

Unit content

1 Trading standards

  • Trading standards process
  • Range of criminal controls
  • Consumer protection Acts
  • Convention

2 Consumer protection

  • Green Paper 1976
  • Consumer safety Acts and reforms
  • General safety requirements
  • Penalties and control mechanisms
  • Law provisions
  • Case law and precedent

3 Goods and services

  • Legislation
  • Possession of unsolicited goods and penalties
  • Offences, penalties and case law

4 Product liability

  • Legislation and case law
  • EU provisions
  • Strict liability
  • Liability of suppliers
  • Burden of proof
  • Recoverable losses
  • Contributory negligence

Unit 15: Company Law Part 1

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the sources and origins of company law, and analyse development of strategies and processes in current and changing organisational structure

Unit content

1 Function of companies

  • Company registration
  • Structures and frameworks of companies
  • Incorporation
  • Limited liability
  • Partnerships
  • Management structures
  • Overseas and European companies

2 Origins of company law

  • Historical perspectives and development of company law and application of law processes
  • Company constitutions
  • Formation processes and associated law strategies
  • European perspectives

3 Liability

  • Corporate action
  • Rationale for liability
  • Misdescription
  • Premature trading
  • Director responsibility
  • Bankruptcy
  • Legal strategies and precedent

4 Capitalisation

  • Values and legal issues
  • Rules and regulations of capitalisation and dividend payments
  • Distribution
  • Acquisition and associated legal strategies

Unit 16: Company Law Part 2

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of company law through exploration and analysis of roles, responsibilities, governance and audit processes

Unit content

1 Key company personnel

  • Board – structure, roles and responsibilities, legal obligations
  • Conflicts of interest – legal precedent and remedies
  • Stakeholder role
  • Decision making – legal position

2 Company governance

  • Governance structure in law
  • Shareholder rights
  • Shareholder role and responsibilities
  • Share issues and transfers
  • Class rights
  • Votes and decisions

3 Unfair prejudice

  • Definition and context
  • Derivative actions
  • Independent illegality
  • Equitable consideration
  • Litigation
  • Winding up a company and associated law strategies and remedies

4 Audit processes

  • Account production
  • Audit reporting
  • Filing accounts
  • Role of the auditor
  • Liability for negligent audit process
  • Debentures
  • Company charges

Entry Requirements

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.

Please note that you can enrol on this course anytime.

Study Hours

Approximately 60 hours per unit

Assessment Method

16 tutor marked assessments


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What's Included?

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Higher National Diploma.

Full support is provided by a personal tutor via the online system for the entire duration of the course (2 years).

All coursework marking and moderating.

Examination board certification upon completion.

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The course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning 'On Campus' website.

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