• August
  • Part-Time Day and Day Release
  • 1 year
  • Legal Services
  • SCQF Level 6


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Intro to the course:

The National Progression Award (NPA) Legal Studies has been developed with the purpose of providing candidates with the basic legal skills and knowledge required for further study and/or employment where basic understanding of the law may enhance career prospects. The award consists of two mandatory units which are nested as part of the NC Legal Services as follows: 

Crime in Society - this unit enables you to explain what constitutes a crime in Scotland and the main principles involved in prosecution of crime and to explore the nature of crime and its effects on the individual and the community. It encourages you to reflect on crime and become more aware of its implications. 

Scots Law: An Introduction - this unit provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of Scots Law including the sources of law and how new law is made. You will learn about the differences between the criminal law and the civil law and about the structure, jurisdiction and appeals of both the civil and the criminal courts. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the system of criminal prosecution in Scotland. about the tribunal system, and about the roles, appointments and responsibilities of the legal profession.

SCQF Level 6

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Part-Time Day and Day Release

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Who is the course for?

The NPA Legal Studies at SCQF level 6 is aimed at meeting the demand from the following client groups: 

  • candidates who have left school 
  • mature learners

What will I study?

Specific aims of the NPA are: 

  • to provide candidates with a recognised, relevant and up-to-date group award in legal studies 
  • provide a  short course of preliminary study which provides foundations for more advanced study 
  • enhance career prospects of candidates across a wide range of employment sectors.

Next step course options

Successful completion of a National Progression Award may assist candidates to access full time National Certificates in a range of related areas such as legal services, police studies, business studies and accounting.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course with a candidate-centered and interactive approach to delivery and assessment. The range of methods used in delivering the NPA should ensure that experiential learning opportunities are available to candidates.  methods used are:

  • group work
  • closed book assessment
  • open book assessment
  • project work

Why should I choose this course?

The National Progression Award in Legal Studies at SCQF level 6 has been designed to provide candidates with a fundamental knowledge of Scots Law which will primarily facilitate progression into further academic qualifications, but may be useful for entry level employment in a range of sectors.

Where can this course lead?

The NPA will provide you with fundamental knowledge and skills required for progression towards current or future employment in the legal or business sectors or for progression onto further academic qualifications.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. Appropriate entry qualifications for the NPA in Legal Services at SCQF level 6 may include: 

  • Three relevant Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade passes including English at Credit level 
  • Relevant national units at appropriate levels (level 4/5) 
  • Equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies 
  • Relevant work experience mature students

What are the interview arrangements?

No formal interview however candidates are encouraged to attend an informal information session.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for infill:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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