ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law is a 60-credit 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.

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
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Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
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Typical Age

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


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

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory

The English Legal System

To provide an overview of the English Legal System and prepare learners for more substantive study in areas of English law.
Contract LawLearners will develop knowledge and understanding of different aspects of contract law.15Yes
Legal Terminology and CommunicationLearners will gain knowledge and understanding of how organisations work in the legal sector and be able to develop communication skills using legal terminology.15Yes
Academic and Research Skills for LawTo develop academic research skills and the language skills needed to be able to formally present academic research in a legal context, both in writing and orally.15Yes