ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to  the first year of a university degree.

This qualification has been designed for learners who wish to progress to university and, when taken in combination with the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Law, allows learners to progress onto an LLB top-up degree programme (the final year of university).

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 18+ and above.


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

  • a GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades 4 and above
  • A Level 3 qualification in law or legal studies such as the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • 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
Contract LawThis unit will equip learners with knowledge and understanding of the key principles of contract law, such as: validity of contract; terms of contract; vitiating elements that affect the validity of the contract; the ways in which the contract can come to an end and remedies for breach of contract available.30Yes
Criminal LawThis unit will equip learners with knowledge of the general foundations of criminal liability and with understanding of the major types of offences and their constituent elements.30Yes
Legal MethodsThis unit will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the identification, interpretation and analysis of legal sources and materials. The acquired skills will enable the learner to apply the law to the facts of problems in any given legal area, to communicate clearly and persuasively and to reach satisfactory solutions to legal disputes30Yes
Public LawThis unit will equip learners with knowledge of the general foundations of constitutional and administrative law, with a particular focus on the main elements of the United Kingdom’s constitution. The unit will enable learners to identify the significance of the separation of power and the sovereignty of Parliament, as well as the importance of human rights norms.30Yes