The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the first year of a university degree. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to university and, when taken in combination with the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Law, allows learners to progress onto an LLB top-up degree programme (the final year of university).
At a glance:
Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
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Progression to Level 5 and ultimately to university
1200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
Designed with support from universities and industry professionals
Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning
Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units.
Learners will gain an appreciation to the significance of contract law in commercial, consumer and social contexts.
Legal Methods: Learners will explore fundamental principles and components of the English Legal System, the judiciary and the civil and criminal process and will gain an appreciation of how the main principles underpin all substantive and procedural areas of law.
Criminal Law: Learners will explore the aims and nature of criminal law and its function as a protector of the State.
Public Law: The unit will enable learners to identify the significance of the separation of power and the sovereignty of Parliament, as well as the importance of human rights norms.
Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor's degrees at a university such as one of our partner universities. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see
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Entry CriteriaA level 3 qualification in law or legal studies such as the ATHE Level 3 in Law
Equivalent international qualifications
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Age: 18 +