Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice




School: Newcastle School of Law

Course code: L3-PHNLP-DIP





 6 months


Level 3 (NLS/HLC level 3)

HLC Qualification Number:


    Easy payment plans available with no charges.


    Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

    The programme aims to develop pro-active decision makers, managers and leaders for a variety of careers in business sectors in a Newcastle context.


    Level 3. Two qualifications can be achieved at this level: the Newcastle Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice and the Newcastle Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.


    The Newcastle Level 3 Diploma 


    The Newcastle Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice forms part of the academic training to become a Professional Legal Executive (unless you already hold a law degree). The Newcastle Level 3 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of ten units, and is designed to give prospective Professional Legal Executives a good grounding in all core areas of law and the flexibility to tailor the legal practice element of the qualification to their requirements.

    Together with the Newcastle Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, it forms the academic component of the Professional Legal Executive qualification and is mandatory unless you are eligible for exemption (qualifying law degree holders, for example, are exempt from part of the academic elements of the qualification).


    Key facts about Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice


    ● Advance your career: 74% say their qualification played a vital role in their career advancement.
    ● Increase your salary: 78% increase their earning potential within a year.
    ● Enhance your credibility: The qualification is fully accredited and recognised and add values to your educational profile.
    ● Assessments Assessment is via submission of assignments / dissertation project.
    ● Support Live tutor support via Chat and email for qualifications delivered by us.


    Why choose Newcastle ?


    The Level 4, 5 and 6 diploma qualifications are equivalent to Year 1, 2 and 3 (Final year) respectively of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree. Each level consists of 120 credits. Completing any of the level 4 qualifications will enable learners a progression to the next level of higher education at UK universities.

    Year 1 of a Three-year UK Bachelor’s degree




    NCL qualifications at DETC/QCF Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.


    The qualification is designed to be delivered over 6 months for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

    Course Content

    Introduction to Law and Practice
    Contract Law
    Criminal Law
    Land Law
    Law of Tort
    Client Care Skills

    Qualification Overview

    Each NCL Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice focuses on a specific practice area and there are ten to choose from. To achieve a Diploma, you need to study five courses in total:

    What units do I need to study?

    The Newcastle Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice includes both mandatory and optional units. You will need to complete ten units:

    Seven mandatory units

    Introduction to Law and Practice

        • Contract Law
        • Criminal Law
        • Land Law
        • Law of Tort
        • Client Care Skills
        • Legal Research Skills

    Two practice units

    Note: these practice units must each be linked to a different law unit you are studying as part of your Diploma.


        • Civil Litigation (linked to Unit 2 Contract Law or Unit 5 Law of Tort)
        • Conveyancing (linked to Unit 4 Land Law)
        • Criminal Litigation (linked to Unit 3 Criminal Law)
        • The Practice of Family Law (linked to Unit 7 Family Law)
        • The Practice of Employment Law (linked to Unit 6 Employment Law)
        • Probate Practice (linked to Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession)
        • Practice of Law for Elderly Client (linked to Unit 8 Law of Wills and Succession)
        • The Practice of Child Care Law (linked to Unit 7 Family Law)
        • Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing (linked to Unit 4 Land Law)
        • Employment Law
        • Family Law
        • Law of Wills and Succession
    Entry Requirements

    Newcastle Level 3 qualifications can be offered to learners from age 16. Newcastle does not specify entry requirements for these qualifications. Newcastle ensures that learners admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria.



    Newcastle Centre must ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will meet their needs, enable and facilitate learning and achievement enable progression. The qualification is offered in English.


    English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.

    Areas of Study

    Available practice areas


    The NCL Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice is available in 10 practice areas:

    • Child Care Practice
    • Civil Litigation – with Law of Tort
    • Civil Litigation – with Contract Law
    • Conveyancing
    • Criminal Litigation
    • Elderly Client Practice
    • Employment Practice
    • Family Practice
    • Probate Practice
    • Residential and Commercial Leasehold Conveyancing
    Assessment and Verification

    All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by Newcastle. The qualifications are criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

    To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. The judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

    The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


    Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma qualification enables learners’ direct entry into Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree or pursue Level 4 Diplomas. As this qualification is approved and regulated by  DETC Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), many universities acknowledge the ability of learners after studying Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies and consider for direct entry into a range of their Bachelor’s degree programmes.

    Membership and Examination

    NLC courses prepare you for the exams for the units that make up the qualifications. Exams are set by the Professional Institute of Legal Executives (NCL). You will need to become a member of NCL and pay membership fees. Exam fees are also payable. Please refer to How our NCL courses work or individual course pages to find out more.

    Exploring your options

    Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. 

    In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience.


    • barrister 
    • barrister’s clerk
    • chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
    • company secretary
    • detective
    • licensed conveyancer
    • paralegal
    • solicitor
    • advice worker
    • chartered accountant
    • civil service administrator
    • data analyst/scientist
    • forensic computer analyst
    • patent attorney
    • trading standards office
    Skills for career development

    This qualification will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales and a range of legal and other skills, including being able to identify legal issues and apply legal principles and developing your time management and self-motivation abilities.


    Career relevance

    This qualification could count towards part completion of the academic stage of legal training as recognised by the Higher Learning Commission. It is necessary to complete further undergraduate legal studies successfully and meet all other requirements of the HLC in order satisfactorily to complete the academic stage of training.

    If you want to become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need to complete the full Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) qualification within six years.


    Other careers

    A law degree is a gateway to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but it’s not the only path you can choose. Many options are available to you beyond the legal profession, including Company secretary, Detective, Advice worker, or Human resources officer.


    Newcastle Law School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is registerd with UK government.

    How to apply ?

    Simply follow the steps given below to enrol:
    1. Fill enrolment form on-line at https://nclaws.org/apply-now/
    (This can be paid online using credit or debit card)