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Legal Services (Law)

Course Code: TLL
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: T Level
  • Awarding body: Pearson
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Full-time, Two-year
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Various days and times

What's it all about?

T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels.

This two-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placement together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

You’ll spend 80% of your time between the workshop and the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

Your T Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career, an Apprenticeship or a degree.

The course offers a variety of progression routes; from employment in HR, to finance, or continuing on an academic journey through to a higher level Apprenticeships or onto university. 

This qualification will give you breadth of knowledge and understanding across a broad range of issues relevant to the legal sector, but also equips you with the necessary occupational and core skills and behaviours to succeed in the industry. 

You will learn the fundamental principles of law in order to understand legal principles, concepts and practices, and how they link to relevant. 

The course offers a variety of progression routes; employment as a legal secretary to a paralegal or continuing on an academic journey through to a higher level Apprenticeships or onto university. The T Level will allow you to gain valuable work experience that employers want as well as not closing the door for further study such as university or higher level Apprenticeships.  

Course information

The T Level is split into two parts, the core component which provides the underpinning knowledge and skills to gain understanding of the industry, followed by a specialism.

Year 1: core component

You will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including:

  • the business environment
  • careers within the legal profession
  • regulation
  • professionalism and ethics
  • security and risk
  • equality, diversity and inclusion requirements
  • third party professional services
  • the fundamentals of law
  • the fundamentals of financial accounting
  • an awareness of digital and emerging technology, digital transformation and digital tools
  • data driven innovation, analytics and design thinking
  • research skills
  • project and change management approaches in a legal context.
  • Year 2: specialism

    In addition to the core content, you will also complete at least one module of occupation-specific content.

    The Legal Services T Level consists of two legal assistant occupational specialisms:

    • legal services assistant – business, finance and employment
    • legal services assistant – crime, criminal justice and social welfare.

To be successful on this level of programme you will need an appropriate level of understanding in English and maths to be able to fulfil the coursework requirements.

We welcome applications from those who have one or more of the following:

  • six GCSEs at grades 9-4; you must have gained a grade 4 in English and a grade 4 in maths
  • successful completion of the level 2 T-Prep Foundation Programme with a recommendation from your personal tutor
  • a level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma or equivalent, graded merit or above
  • successful completion of an Apprenticeship programme.
  • This course is currently only for 16 to 18-year-olds.

Core component

Your core subject knowledge will be assessed through externally set examinations.

There are two exams with a duration of two and a half hours that will make up 60% of your overall grade.

There will be a practical employer set project that will put your core skills into practice making up the remaining 40% of your overall grade.

The core component is graded A*-E.

Occupational specialism

Externally set assignment which has a 100% weighting for this component. The assignment will be graded pass, merit, distinction

Work placements

You will attend a minimum of 314 work placement hours of the period of two years. You will be expected to source a placement yourself however, there is a work placement team at the College to support you throughout.

On successful completion of the course, you can progress directly into work in the management and administration sector or develop skills further by progressing on to:

  • university-level study in a related subject at institutions throughout the UK
  • a higher-level Apprenticeship
  • employment in a variety of jobs, for example paralegal, legal secretary and court usher.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

Chartered and Certified Accountants


Potential salary


Entry level salary


Average salary


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