Diploma in Legal Studies

Course Overview

This course will provide you with an introduction into legal study. The course will help you to understand the legal environment and the main sources of English law. You will learn principles of law, such as criminal law, contract law and negligence.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above.
Minimum of grade 3 in English Language.



This course will help get you a job as a Legal Executive or Legal Secretary. It will also enable you to progress to a Level 3 course. Many students will progress to the BTEC Applied Law and BTEC Business courses. This will allow you to study Law at university and could lead to a career as a barrister or solicitor in the legal sector.

Course Outline

Mandatory units are as follows:

The Legal Environment (Online test)
How laws are made and who makes the law. How the legal system works for both criminal law and civil law. Principles of criminal liability: the key elements of a crime and how to identify the main fatal and non-fatal offences against the person.

Principles of contract law
The key elements of a contract and how a contract can be discharged and what remedy may be awarded.

Principles of negligence
The elements for a claim for negligence - duty of care, breach of duty and understanding the principles of remoteness of damage.

Family law
The requirements for a valid marriage or civil partnership. The provision for children following the breakdown of a marriage.

Wills and secession
The legal requirements for a valid will, and how to identify the roles of executors and the rules of intestacy.

Law in the workplace
Distinguish between an employee and a non-employee status, the importance of a contract and the statutory requirements of a workplace.

Civil litigation
How a claim can be made for debt recovery and personal injury through the county court.

The difference between real and personal property. You will also be able to develop an understanding of the basic requirements of buying and selling land.

Planned Trips & Guest Speakers
Visits to Birmingham Crown Court and the Houses of Parliament in London will be arranged during the year and we have guest speakers visiting regularly from the police force, the legal profession and the College of Law.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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