in most cases this course will be funded. however, please contact our student finance team for information regarding costs.

You will study a variety of units, which are assignment based: Principles of Criminal Liability; Principles of Contract Liability; Principles of Negligence; Law in the Workplace; Civil Litigation; Consumer Rights; Family Law; and Wills and Succession. There is also one mandatory multiple-choice exam unit, which is: The Legal Environment. As part of the programme of study you will develop the study skills needed to progress onto the Level 3 Law programme and further into higher Education. You will also develop the employability skills required to work within a legal environment and as such you will be required to dress appropriately for working within a that environment.

Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
to apply for this programme please contact our Student Services team or for further information please email Janet De-Havillan, Progress tutor at

All units are assignment based. There is one, multiple-choice exam unit.

After completing this qualification you could progress on to:

  • Level 3 Law Career Academy
  • Level 3 Law Career Skills 
  • CILEx Law Apprenticeships
  • Access to HE Law Pathway


Must have GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 or above

The Diploma in Legal Studies is for anyone interested in law and with a curious, analytical and enquiring mind. You do not need any previous legal knowledge or experience to undertake this qualification.  The course is engaging, varied and will help you develop key skills in legal drafting, research, analysis and presentations. The course provides the basic foundations for your route into a career in law or for further study.

Upon completion of a Level 3 Programme, you could continue your journey into higher Education at  UCO to study for your LLB (Hons) or a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

You will take part in enrichment and work related projects as well as law related trips, the Oldham college works closely with individuals who work within various legal fields and as such you will be required to attend court visits and lectures from guest speakers such as barristers and solicitors.

Business, Business Finance, Business Enterprise and Accountancy


Chartered Legal Executive
HR Executive / Manager
Legal Secretary
Personnel Officer
Probation Officer
Property, Housing Managers  

This course will lead you on the path to a career in law or related areas such as HR, business or other professional roles. The average salary for roles within Financial and Professional Services in the North West is £23,000 per annum.

Particular roles and average starting salaries: Solicitors £26,000-£35,000; barristers £12,000-£42,000; trainee legal executives and trainee solicitors £15,000-£28,000; and legal secretary £17,000-£18,000.

National Careers Advice

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development