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Business, Accounting & Law

For those who are aiming to study law, humanities or related subjects at university, this course is a valuable stepping stone. The intensive one-year programme gives you the opportunity to learn about the key aspects of law and improve your study skills including your written academic English and research techniques in order to gain the confidence and experience you need to successfully apply for a degree course. The course includes an introduction to the English legal system, criminal law, contract law and study skills. On successful completion of the course, you will receive an OCN Level 3 Diploma ? Access to Higher Education (Law).

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    Entry Requirements

    You must be at least 19 years old. GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grades A*-C or equivalent, plus a substantial Level 2 qualification in a related subject, is preferred. However individuals who do not have these qualifications but can demonstrate the necessary skills are encouraged to apply.

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is based on written course work, oral presentations, report writing, group/team work, observations on visits/trips/talks/experiences, self-evaluation (reflective journals), peer evaluation and tests.

    Aims of the course

    To prepare students for progression to university to study law/law related/humanities related courses, for example law, business, politics, sociology, English, history, criminology, social work and probation services, and journalism (as well as combinations).

    Progression Opportunities

    This course can lead onto a degree or foundation degree in subjects like law, humanities, social science, business or related topics.


    Lessons will be delivered using a variety of techniques, eg workshops, group discussions, guest speakers, talks, lectures, using e-resources (blended learning), as well as self -reflection and visits (eg the courts, Parliament, law firms). Students will be given extra academic and essay writing support during one-to-one 'law clinics' and in class sessions. During tutorials students will also receive pastoral as well as academic support. In addition students can access a variety of student services for academic and non-academic needs/goals.

    Career Options

    Completion of a degree in law can lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister (subject to completion of additional vocational qualifications and relevant training). A degree in law or a related humanities/social sciences subject can lead to careers in legal and compliance, banking, journalism, teaching, social work, law enforcement, and probation & prison services.

    What can I earn in business, accounting and law? When you're deciding what to study, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you choose to study for a qualification in business, accounting or law, you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression and a top salary in your sights. For example: Financial project managers start on around £29,000 a year and can earn up to £50,000 with 3-5 years' experience Business administrators start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £39,000 with 3-5 years' experience Legal secretaries start on around £24,000 and can earn up to £35,000 with 3-4 years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in business, accounting or law, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,022 p/year
24+ £3,022 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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