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Access to HE Diploma (Law) - Level 3

Access to HE Diploma (Law) - Level 3


Are you interested in a career as a barrister, solicitor or criminologist? 

Law plays a fundamental role that affects everyone everyday. This pathway fuses together the two very closely related fields of law and business and has a broad range of progression routes. 

The Access to HE Diploma (Law) course is intended for adults (aged 19+) who have been out of education for some time and want to get the skills and qualifications to progress onto Higher Education. Whether you want to go on to university or simply learn something new, this is the course for you. We assume no prior knowledge of law, business or academic skills; these are built upon over the duration of the course.

This full Level 3 nationally recognised qualification prepares you without the need for traditional qualifications and provides you with the opportunity to gain and enhance vital industry knowledge and skills. You will also develop the communication skills and confidence necessary for success in university-level study.

Once you’ve finished your Access to HE course, you may choose to stay and study a foundation degree in Criminal Justice at the NTU Mansfield Centre on our Derby Road campus, which is run by Nottingham Trent University.

Don't let paying for this course hold you back from achieving your goals. There are different funding routes available for adult learners. Dependent on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to:

Did you know? If you successfully go on to complete a Higher Education qualification following an Access to HE diploma course, you won’t have to pay your Advanced Learner Loan back at all.

Get in touch to find out more.

The awarding body for this course is CAVA, click the link to find out more.

Giving you flexibility to manage your life and studies

We offer two options to complete your course because we realise that we all have different lives with varied work and family commitments.

The main focus is on blended learning, supported by online resources.

One-year | Full-time

Attend college for two full-days per week (usually 9am-4.30pm) and a half-day online session per week (at a time that suits you).

Two-years | Part-time

Attend college for one full-day per week (usually 9am-4.30pm).

IMPORTANT - If you don't meet the entry requirements listed below, you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE that you require. You can study for your GCSE(s) alongside your part-time Access to HE course and you will attend college for one half-day per week for each GCSE required.

You are also required to allocate time to undertake self-study each week; 8 hours is a standard recommendation.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Access to HE Diploma in Business and Law. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to HE Diplomas. To find out more visit

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Start dates and fees

Start DatePart/Full-timeCodeFeeActions
09/09/2024FT1055A1326FREE* to £3022.00Apply
09/09/2024PT1055A1634FREE* to £3022.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

You will study a range of mandatory and optional modules. These could include:

  • Study skills
  • English legal system
  • People in organisations
  • Changes in the business environment
  • Contract law
  • Marketing
  • Tort law
  • Individual research project in business or law

Entry requirements


  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.


  • *A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.

*Don't have the required GCSEs to study the part-time course?

If you don’t have GCSEs at grade 4 in English and/or maths, you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE you require.

You will then study the GCSE course(s) alongside your part-time Access to HE course.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessments are undertaken. Mostly these will be essays; but reports, presentations, exams and legal moots will also form part of the formal and informal assessment methods of the course. All assessment methods are designed with university studies in mind, ensuring our students are extremely well equipped for the next stage of their progression.

What does the course lead to?

Ultimately this course will lay the foundation of skills needed to work in legal practice or a business orientated career. The opportunities for further study and your future career can also lead to international employment. You could progress to a wide range of business or law related courses at university-level. Examples of potential university courses include:

  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law with Business
  • Politics and Law BA (Hons)
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • Business studies
  • Business Administration BA (Hons)
  • Economics
  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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