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Legal Services NC

(SCQF level 6)

Administration, Human Resources & Law, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2023, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    The course is recommended for you if you're planning a career in the legal field and/or planning to progress to the HNC/D Legal Services.

    The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, practical based tasks such as mock trials and the presentation of evidence under court conditions. You'll consider numerous common aspects of life and how the law affects individuals every day when facing problems in business, relationships, employment and the courts

    The NC Legal Services is an excellent foundation course in law that, at the end of the one year of study, provides a recognised SQA group award.

    The course is full-time covering at least 3 days per week and addresses a broad range of legal topics including employment law, property law, criminal law and contract. In addition to this, you will learn a number of core skills for any employment and further study, such as skills in presenting, communicating and planning.

    If you are thinking of studying Law but not ready to commit to a full-time course or still at school and want to increase your knowledge of Criminal Law we have a distance learning Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure.  There are no formal entry requirements and no attendance required at college so you can learn in your own time.

    Read more about legal services and a Career in Law.

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; OR
    • NC Business or NC Administration at SCQF level 5 (other NCs may be considered); 
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    * relevant subjects include English, Administration, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Studies or a Science subject.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area or we'll make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    • Contract Law: An Introduction.
    • Crime in Society.
    • Communications.
    • Employment Law: An Introduction.
    • Word Processing: Legal.
    • Family Law: An Introduction.
    • Scots Law: An Introduction.
    • Skills for Customer Case.
    • Research and Preparing Presentations.
    • Property Law: An Introduction.

    After the course


    On successful completion of your NC you can enter a related field, working as a trainee paralegal or as part of an in-house legal team. You can find employment with local authorities or legal departments.

    There are also opportunities for you in the Banking and Insurance Sectors, and a number of students have joined Police Scotland.

    Continuing study

    You may be able to progress onto the HNC/D Legal Services.


    How the course is taught

    The course will be taught mainly on campus.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      28th Aug 2023, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome