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Title: Legal Services, Business and Finance
Pathway: Legal, Finance & Accounting
Available Study Options:
Full Time Print
T Levels are new qualifications that will follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. The T Level Technical Qualification in Legal Services will start in September 2023. T Levels will combine classroom theory and practical learning, and are made up of the following:
• Technical Qualification: the substantial component of your course.
• Industry placement: of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure you have authentic experience of the workplace.
The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level. During your two-year course, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins the sector, and you will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow you to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation.
What is the legal services industry?
In the UK the legal sector is worth approximately £60 billion, with over 12,000 organisations and just under 21 million employees, plus approximately 15,000 self-employed barristers. The UK’s legal sector supports trade and commerce around the world. Legal services are essential to the UK’s future as a global, outward-looking, free-trading nation. In an ever-changing environment, they are leading the way in transforming how international businesses operate. Roles vary within the profession; from small high street legal firms to larger/national corporate firms, local authorities, social welfare, and criminal justice.
All careers in legal services require good communication skills, time management, attention to detail, and an ability to analyse the law.
Who is this Technical Qualification for?
This Technical Qualification can only be taken as part of a T Level course and is not available as a stand-alone qualification. It is for post-16 students and is ideal if you are intending to progress directly to employment within the legal services sector in roles such as a business assistant in legal services function, Executive Officer (EO) Caseworker, to a legal services related apprenticeship, or to further studies in legal services.
What does the Technical Qualification cover?
The content is split into a core component that has been created for this T Level Technical Qualification in Legal Services and a choice of one of two occupational specialisms. In this case:
• Legal Services Assistant Business, Finance and Employment
The core component provides a broad understanding of the legal services industry and covers the following topics:
• The business environment
• Professionalism and ethics
• Security and risk
• Equality, diversity and inclusion
• Professional services
• Fundamentals of law
• Fundamentals of financial accounting
• Data driven innovation/analytics and design thinking
• Research skills
• Project/change management and administration
• The legal services sector.
The core component will be assessed by two exams and an employer set project. Your choice of occupational specialism will allow you to develop the relevant skills in preparation for your career in the legal services sector. The occupational specialism is assessed by a project that is created in conjunction with employers. The content covers topics specific to that aspect of the legal services sector, as follows:
Legal Services Assistant Business, Finance and Employment:
• Civil Process and Dispute Resolution
• Employment Law
Achieving this Technical Qualification will provide several progression options. These include:
Skilled employment: Legal services roles such as Business Assistant in a legal services function, or an EO Caseworker. An Apprenticeship in:
• Level 4 Conveyancing Technician
• Level 4 Probate Technician
• CILEX Professional Qualifications Higher level study: Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ). Like T Levels, HTQs are developed in consultation with employers. They are qualifications at levels 4 and 5 and prepare you for occupations at these levels.
Degree related programmes:
• Business StudiesLike many degree programmes, there are a spectrum of entry requirements for Law, ranging from a purely tariff-based offer to highly selective HEIs, which may also require students to sit an entrance exam, e.g., the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). The T Level also aids progression to related degree areas, including Criminology and numerous Business-related degrees. Students are strongly recommended to check individual entry requirements prior to making an application.
Entry Level Courses :
Skills for Life & Work
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).
Skills & Employability
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3
Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;
Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment.
Full Time Level 1 Course
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.
Full Time Level 2 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths.
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.
Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.
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