The Newcastle Level 3 Diploma in Law is a 60-credit DETC / Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a law degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required. The qualification provides learners with an introduction to law and the legal system as well as key academic, research and communication skills to support learners in their development.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.

NEWCASTLE’s policy regarding access to our qualifications is that:

  • they should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required


  • they should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
  • there should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the qualifications


Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 3. For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will need to take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of the qualification.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:


  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications


Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access

relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.


Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely

to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of

relevant qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).


Please note that UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI) requires adult students to

have acceptable English language ability before they can apply to become an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points

-based system. As an education provider you must ensure that the applicant is competent in the English language at a minimum of CEFR level B1 for a qualification at levels 3-5.


Centres are required to recruit learners to qualifications with integrity. Centres must carry

out robust initial assessment to ensure that learners who undertake this qualification  have

the necessary background knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake the learning

and assessment at level 3. NEWCASTLE will review centre recruitment policies as part of their

monitoring processes.


Support and Recognition

This qualification has been developed with the support of centres who are currently delivering qualifications at this level in Law or who plan to do so in the future. the support of a number of  Newcastle Is recognised as offering progression to a degree programme in Law


On successful completion of a Level 3 Diploma in Law  there are a number of progression


Learners may progress to:

  • a level 4 ATHE qualification such as the Newcastle Level 4 Professional Diploma in

Law related subject.

  • a degree programme


A statement of purpose for this qualification is on the Newcastle website. This statement is

written for learners and explains what the qualification covers and where learners could

progress to next level.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Learners have the opportunity to build their achievements from a single unit into a full



There will be occasions where learners wish to claim recognition of prior learning which

has not been formally assessed and accredited. Centres should contact Newcastle to discuss the requirements for RPL



The credit value specifies the number of credits that will be awarded to a learner who has

achieved the learning outcomes of a unit at the specified standard.

Each credit represents 10 hours of learning time and equates to 10 hours of total

qualification time. Therefore, one 15 credit unit represents 150 hours of total qualification time. Learning time is a notional measure which indicates the amount of time a learner at the level of the unit is expected to take, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the unit to the standard determined by the assessment criteria.

Learning time includes all the activities described under guided learning hours and

additional learning. The credit value of the unit will remain constant in all contexts

regardless of the assessment method or the mode of delivery. Learners will only be

awarded credits for the successful completion of whole units.


Units Title Level Credit GHL
Mandator Units      
The English Legal System 3 15 90
Contract Law 3 15 90
Legal Terminology and Communication 3 15 90
Academic and Research Skills for Law 3 15 90
Guidance on Assessment

For all of these Newcastle qualifications assessment is completed through the submission of

internally assessed student work. To achieve a pass for a unit, a learner must have

successfully achieved the learning outcomes at the pass standard set by the assessment

criteria for that unit. To achieve merit or distinction, the learner must demonstrate that they

have achieved the criteria set for these grades. Learners cannot omit completing work to

meet the pass standard and simply work to the higher grades, as this would put a pass

for the unit in jeopardy. Similarly, learners cannot complete work to meet the criteria for

distinction in the anticipation that this will also meet the criteria for merit. However, where

work for the pass standard is marginal, assessors can take into account any extension

work completed as this may support achievement of the pass standard.

How to Apply