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Level: 5

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 5.00

Start: 11/09/2017

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you a practising Paralegal or Legal Assistant or are you looking to move into this exciting field of work?  This practical, work-based programme will give you the knowledge and skills to enable you to succeed in the legal services market.

Offering you the option to study either full time or part time, we provide you with the flexibility to gain a recognised qualification.  With course content and assessment methods based on work-related knowledge and skills, you will be able to transfer your learning directly to and from the working environment. 

The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and learners completing this course will be exempt from the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.  This will then allow appropriate progression to the embedded Level 6 on a top-up course, or it will allow learners who want to enter a practice, while continuing to study, to work towards full Charted Legal Executive status. 

This course will be delivered at the Roundhouse campus. 

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. Applicants will need to have:

  • 160 UCAS points and/or two years working at a suitable level within a legal firm
  • Five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A*- C

We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

International learners will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English, in addition to having a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. 

Course Content

Modules may include*

  • Work-based Practice Unit
  • Client Care Skills
  • Introduction to Law Practice 
  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Legal Practice Project
  • Legal Practice Study

* Modules may be subject to change.

How will I be assessed?

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There will be an additional cost included in the second year fees to cover registration with CILEx.  More information regarding these costs will be provided at your interview. 

What can I do after this course?

The Foundation Degree in Paralegal Studies has been developed in response to the growing demand for suitably skilled and qualified paralegals. 

You will graduate with a vocational qualification that will allow you to pursue a variety of career paths in business and legal environments. In addition, you will have the opportunity to progress to other areas of business and legal studies such as professional examinations or a full honours degree providing you meet the minimum threshold for the programme. 


This course is validated by The University of Derby. 



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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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