Course at a glance


This Level 3 Diploma course is designed to give a “taster” to the subject and is suitable for both the adult learner returning to studying, or to the younger learner preparing for further academic study. This course provides a complete foundation in the subject area for those wishing to pursue a career in Law. This course might inspire learners to proceed further in their study of law and embark on a degree course or equivalent professional course.

Law is both a fascinating and challenging subject; fascinating as the law effects most aspects of our daily lives. It is rewarding too, for it can open doors to a long-term career. However, it is also an interesting subject in its own right. This course is designed as a ‘taster’ to introduce you to the subject. It is hoped that the course will inspire you to progress to further studies such as a Law degree or a professional legal qualification. Some of the areas highlighted in this course are degree ‘core subjects’ which you would study in more depth if you went on to study further.

It helps in your study of Law if you have a logical and inquisitive mind and like attention to detail.

Law affects every aspect of our lives, from the cradle to the grave and even after our death. Society has developed a complex set of rules that both govern and protect the activities of its members.  There are rules that govern our working lives, our personal relationships, our education, our ownership of property as well as our leisure pursuits, such football matches, licensing laws drug taking and smoking.

The course is a year in length and divided into 10 units of study. At the end of each unit 5 and 10 there is an associated TMA (Tutor Marked Assessment) which students are required to complete and submit. The course is formally assessed by an average grade being attained from the 2 submitted Assessments.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English. Candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Law Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Course Content

The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 1: the Sources and Classifications of Law

The first unit is the foundation to this diploma course. It poses the question as to what is law and where it comes from. In answer, it traces today’s legal concepts from the Norman conquest, and gives an in depth look at some sources of law, particularly Judge made law – which has developed from that time, and how legislation is passed by Parliament.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 2: Dispute Solving and legal Personnel

Having looked at where the law comes from in unit one, this unit examines who enforces the law. The unit looks at the hierarchy of the Court structure in England in Wales and the European Courts. It looks at the function and jurisdiction of both Civil and Criminal Courts, and Tribunals
The unit examines the lay person’s role in law, namely the Magistrate and Juror. It looks at how magistrates are appointed, and the work which is carried out by them in the Magistrates Court. The role of the Jury in the Crown Court is then examined, including who is eligible for Jury service and what decisions Jurors have to make. The unit discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the lay person’s role and encourages the learner to form his or her own views in this area.
Moving on to paid professional legal personnel, the module looks at the role and qualifications of solicitors and their staff, barristers, and judges.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 3: Introduction to Law of contract and obligations (1)

Agreements are made every day. Friends might make arrangements to meet for lunch or dinner and although one person might not turn up, the other person may be annoyed but won’t intend to sue the other for their non appearance. They will not intend to create legal relations.
A contract is an obligation, or an agreement made between two or more persons, who do intend to be legally bound and have some remedy in the civil courts if one party does not fulfil his or her obligations. To enable the parties to do this, the contract must be enforceable in the Courts, so various criteria must be met to ensure that the contract is valid. This unit looks some of this criteria namely:

  • Offer and Acceptance
  • Intention to create legal relations
  • Consideration
  • Terms of the contract

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 4: Law of Contract and obligations (2)

This unit further explores the Law of Contract. Whilst unit three looks at how a valid contract enforceable is made, this unit looks at matters which might negate this intention such as – mistake and misrepresentation. It goes on to examine when exclusion clauses are valid and the three tests that are applicable. Finally, the unit looks at how a contract can be terminated, and the remedies available to an aggrieved party for breach of contract. Law of Contract is one of the “core subjects” studied in a Law degree course.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 5: Introduction to Property Law: (1)

This unit looks at some Land law principles which have evolved and relate to land ownership. It studies the difference between real and personal property, which is essential not only so far as property law is concerned, but also in Will making and law of succession. The unit then considers what chattels are as opposed to fixtures. This concept is important as anything which is attached to the land and is a fixture becomes part of the land. Ownership of the fixtures will pass to the new owner when the property is sold. However, a chattel such as a picture, will remain in the ownership of the seller.

It is interesting to study what a person actually owns where land is concerned. The legal title to the property comes from the land itself, and any house built on the land becomes attached to it. There are three different legal estates which can be held in land namely; freehold, leasehold and commonhold.
Most land in England and Wales has now been registered at Land Registry, and Land Registration System will be examined in detail.

This unit continues to look at Property law and some further land law principles, such as co-ownership of land; legal rights over land and covenants. The main part of the unit examines the current the Conveyancing system in England and Wales and the procedure involved in the sometimes stressful act of buying and selling a house.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 6: Wills, Intestacy and Law of Succession

This unit looks at the law of succession. It examines why make a person should make a Will, and looks at the legal requirements of a valid will and how this should be signed and witnessed. It goes on to look at the types of legacies a person can leave in a Will. The unit then examines what happens if someone dies intestate – without making a Will, and looks at the Intestacy rules.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 7: What are my rights? – Consumer Issues

This unit firstly looks at another topical issue -consumer law. It examines in some detail the rights of a consumer contained in legislations, to expect that goods bought are of satisfactory quality and last for a reasonable period of time.
There are similar provisions in force with regard to the supplying of services which will be considered. The unit then moves on to consider rights of property owners concerning boundaries and how the Land Registry may help to determine the correct boundaries of a property.
Finally, the impact of recent legislation, the High Hedges Act will be considered which may help a home owner when faced with a dispute with a neighbour.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 8: Law of Torts

This unit looks at a civil wrong – a wrong which is committed by one individual against another to which redress can be sought in the civil Courts. In the unit, the tort of negligence, which is topical is examined in detail. The concept of duty of care is crucial to a claim for negligence and emerged from “the snail in the bottle” case of DONAGUE v STEVENSON 1932 wherein Mrs Donoghue drank a bottle of ginger beer and then realised that there was a decomposing snail and she became ill. In order for her to be able to sue the manufacturer of the bottle of ginger beer, she had to establish:

  • That there was a duty of care owed her
  • That the duty of care was broken
  • That there was loss, injury or damage caused

It was out of this case that Lord Atkins’ “neighbour” principle upon which all negligence claims are based was established.
The unit will look also look at omissions as a form of negligence. Finally, the unit will examine the defences which can be put forward by a defendant which may defeat of substantially diminish any claim, such as contributory negligence.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 9: Essential Elements of Criminal Law and Homicide Offences

Following the study of this unit students will be able to:

  • Explain the general elements in law required for the finding of criminal liability
  • Explain the legal requirements of finding liability for a range of fatal [homicide] offences
  • Explain the requirements for raising a successful defence to reduce a conviction of murder to voluntary manslaughter
  • Give an opinion on whether a suspect may be liable by applying the legal rules to case study questions.

Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma Unit 10: Criminal Law

Aspects of Non-Fatal Offences, Property Offences and Defences that can be pleaded to a criminal charge
Following the study of this unit students will be able to;

  • Explain the legal requirements of finding liability for a range of non-fatal offences and property offences
  • Give an opinion on whether a suspect may be liable by applying the legal rules to case study questions.
  • Explain the legal requirements of raising a successful defence for a range of defences


This Accredited Level 3 Law Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

More information on the Level 4 Diplomas we offer may be found via the following link: