Level 4 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

Level 4. Two qualifications can be achieved at this level: the Newcastle Level 4 Certificate in Law and Practice and the Newcastle Level 4 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

 

The Newcastle Level 4 Diploma

The Newcastle Level 4 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 4 Professional Diploma is made up of a total of twelve 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 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).

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Newcastle Level 4 Professional Diploma in Practice in Law qualification, learners must possess:

Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 3 Award/Diploma or at the level of GCE/GCSE or equivalent qualification.

Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course

Mature learners (over 21) with law experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

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

Mandatory units

One practice unit
You select one practice unit, which must be linked to one of your law units (linked law units are indicated in brackets), from the following options:

 

Three law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit. The other two are law units of your choice. You can select from the following:

Three law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit. The other two are law units of your choice. You can select from the following:

 

  • Company and Partnership Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Law
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Public Law
  • Wills and Succession

One practice unit

You select one practice unit, which must be linked to one of your law units (linked law units are indicated in brackets), from the following options:

 

  • Civil Litigation (Unit 2 or Unit 13)
  • The Practice of Company and Partnership Law (Unit 1)
  •  Conveyancing (Unit 9)
  •  Criminal Litigation (Unit 3)
  •  The Practice of Employment Law (Unit 4)
  •  The Practice of Family Law (Unit 7)
  •  Probate Practice (Unit 14)

 

Two professional skills units Both of these units are mandatory:

  •  Client Care Skills
  • Legal Research Skills

Qualification structure

The  Level 4 Professional Diploma in Law and Practices consists of 12 mandatory 10 per units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

One practice unit
You select one practice unit, which must be linked to one of your law units (linked law units are indicated in brackets), from the following options:

 

Three law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit. The other two are law units of your choice. You can select from the following:

Three law units

You select three law units, one of which must be linked to your practice unit. The other two are law units of your choice. You can select from the following:

 

  • Company and Partnership Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Law
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Public Law
  • Wills and Succession

One practice unit

You select one practice unit, which must be linked to one of your law units (linked law units are indicated in brackets), from the following options:

 

  • Civil Litigation (Unit 2 or Unit 13)
  • The Practice of Company and Partnership Law (Unit 1)
  •  Conveyancing (Unit 9)
  •  Criminal Litigation (Unit 3)
  •  The Practice of Employment Law (Unit 4)
  •  The Practice of Family Law (Unit 7)
  •  Probate Practice (Unit 14)

 

Two professional skills units Both of these units are mandatory:

  •  Client Care Skills
  • Legal Research Skills

Equivalences

NCL qualifications at DETC/QCF Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

Qualification structure

The Level 4 Certificate in Law and Practices qualification consists of 3 mandatory units plus 2 optional unit for a combined total of 30 credits, 300 Total Qualification Hours, DETC and 180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year 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.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by NCL. 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. A 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.

Progressions

Successful completion of the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Law and Practices qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including progression to relevant NCL Level 5 Diplomas, including the Level 5 Diploma in Law and Practices qualification. The Level 4 Diploma in Law and Practices has been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. As this qualification is approved and regulated by DETC Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, learners are eligible to gain direct entry into Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.

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.

Application checklist

  • Our entry routes include graduate entry and standalone Find the right course to match your needs.
  •  Check which qualifications you need.
  • Could you benefit from recognition and accreditation of prior learning?

Are there any special requirements (such as registering at a local teaching institution)?

How to apply

Once you are ready to apply, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete the online application form

Apply for a course through its dedicated course page. You can also apply to study our modules individually in many cases.

  1. Submit the application form

Remember to attach any available documents we need and if applicable pay any application fee. We won’t be able to process your application fully until we have received everything we need. However, you can still apply whilst you gather outstanding documentation. We will then write to you requesting this evidence.

To apply for your prior learning to be accredited, please complete the relevant section on the application form.

  1. Await our response

We acknowledge your application by email within 24 hours. This includes a student reference number in case you need to contact us about your application. From then, we aim to respond within five working days.

  1. Register online and pay course fees

You have until the registration deadline to accept an offer and pay your initial fees. We send you your study materials as soon as they become available.