Course Overview

The one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Law is designed for students over the age of 19 to progress to a range of Higher Education degrees. Employment opportunities in the Law and Legal sectors are extremely competitive and this Access to HE Law course provides an excellent academic foundation from which to pursue a career in Law more generally in the sector such as Solicitor, Barrister, Paralegal, Legal Executive or other legal careers.

Course Structure

All students attend classes in Law; Business Studies; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.  You will complete 13 units in

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Law Making
  • Introduction to Criminology             

You will complete 45 graded credits in

  • English Legal System (exam)
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights
  • Contract Law
  • The Law of Tort
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology
  • Research Project (Law)
  • Research Project (Criminology)

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C/4-5 are preferred although Level 2 equivalents in English and mathematics will be considered.

You must be aged 19 or over.

Application should be made direct to the College.

How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, group work and tutorials.
You will be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the skills gained in law you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills.


You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto a Higher Education course such as a LLB (Hons) or Criminology degree.
All of our HE Law courses are ‘Qualifying’ Law degrees which allow graduates to progress on to the vocational stages of legal training (the LPC or BPTC). We offer a ‘pure’ Law degree (the LLB) and various qualifying Law degrees with other disciplines as a minor subject area, namely, Law (Marketing), Law (Social Welfare), and Law (Accounting) in addition to a Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice. The Access to HE Law course provides not only excellent academic progression opportunities but also excellent career progression opportunities.

Expect Also To

Spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, research investigations and one end-of-year examinations. You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Things You May Need

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Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].